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Barren Grounds: The Story of the Tragic Moffatt Canoe Trip by [Pessl, Skip]

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“Skip Pessl delivers a vivid on-the-ground account of northern canoe adventure, from a time before GPS, composite boats, sat phones, and expedition blogs. His riveting day-by-day chronicle fires up the youthful exhilaration and fierce joy of traditional expedition life in the Far North. It also reveals, with refreshing honesty and humility, the fear and tragedy survived by the Moffatt party. Pessl brings a lifetime of contemplation to bear in his analysis of that awful, mortal moment on the cold river, far from help. Essential reading for those who warm to the flame of northern adventure.”—Alan Kesselheim, author of Let Them Paddle

“Skip Pessl provides a rich and nuanced account of the Moffatt expedition. Drawing on his extensive journals and those of expedition member Peter Franck, Pessl shares a mesmerizing tale of exploration and discovery, of friendship and loss, the stark beauty and utter indifference of the North.”—Jeff Moag, editor of Canoe & Kayak magazine

“Skip Pessl’s book . . . is needed, welcome, and superb. I’m saying this as someone who canoed the same arctic Dubawnt River in 1969 and was involved in an earlier book about this trip. Skip’s recount focuses on reality and evidence, not on personal opinion or mythology. To repeat, this new book is needed and sincerely welcome.”—G. J. Luste, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Toronto, and founder of Wilderness & Canoeing Symposium

“Skip Pessl’s candid and long-overdue account of the ‘55 Dubawnt trip gives us a balanced view of this historic event. In Barren Grounds, Skip faces some of the toughest moments of his life with courage and tenacity. This book is welcome closure for anyone affected by Art Moffatt’s tragic story.”—Aleks Gusev, editor of Nastawgan Journal

About the Author

FRED “SKIP” PESSL, a Dartmouth graduate (’55) who was a member of the ill-fated Moffatt party, retired as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He lives with his wife, Molly, in Bellevue, Washington.

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  • File Size: 19507 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Dartmouth (July 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 17, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L5PB2QA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,678,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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