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Alone in the Fortress of the Bears: 70 Days Surviving Wilderness Alaska: Foraging, Fishing, Hunting Paperback – November 2, 2015
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About the Author
Bruce "Buck" Nelson was a smokejumper for nearly 25 years, parachuting to wildfires in Alaska and the American West. He has hiked and paddled across Alaska, climbed Denali, backpacked the Rockies from Mexico to Canada, and paddled the Mississippi from source to sea.
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Top Customer Reviews
It was easy to visualize the daily activities being described and the sensations of excitement, hunger, fatigue, joy, wonder, and occasional disappointment that resulted from those activities.
Buck's straightforward narrative has a way of drawing the reader in to share the adventure without being intrusive or over-analyzed. The descriptions of his daily process of surviving and thriving leave plenty of space for the reader to make of it what they will. This isn't a book of psycho-babble about nature, it is about living a life!
If you love Alaska and can't wait to return, or if you are curious and want to live an Alaskan adventure vicariously, check out this book and Buck's other work as well!
This is a must read for anyone has wilderness camped or might wish to camp in the future. Bugs, bad weather, and bears are not feared by him, just efficiently dealt with. The only exception was he knee high boots which fell apart on him early in his trip. I am anxious to ask him why he thinks it happened and if he had used that brand/model prior or after his book adventure? Why didn't he have a replacement pair flown into the lodge where he occasionally paddled to in order to use the Internet?
It's a fascinating book, a detailed description of 70 days in the wilderness, eating as Paleo as a person can get. Bruce "Buck" Nelson is no novice at hunting, fishing, and backcountry living, but this stretched his boundaries in interesting ways. He's also a masterful storyteller. Reading it is a great armchair adventure.
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