Yukon Alone The World s Toughest Adventure Race The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is one of the most challenging sporting events in the world Every February a handful of hardy souls spends over two weeks racing sleds pulled by fourteen d

  • Title: Yukon Alone: The World's Toughest Adventure Race
  • Author: John Balzar
  • ISBN: 9780805059502
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is one of the most challenging sporting events in the world Every February, a handful of hardy souls spends over two weeks racing sleds pulled by fourteen dogs over 1,023 miles of frozen rivers, icy mountain passes, and spruce forests as big as entire states, facing temperatures that drop to forty degrees below zero on nights thThe Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is one of the most challenging sporting events in the world Every February, a handful of hardy souls spends over two weeks racing sleds pulled by fourteen dogs over 1,023 miles of frozen rivers, icy mountain passes, and spruce forests as big as entire states, facing temperatures that drop to forty degrees below zero on nights that are seventeen hours long.Why would anyone want to enter this race John Balzar who moved to Alaska and lived on the trail treats us to a vivid account of the grueling race itself, offering an insightful look at the men and women who have moved to this rugged and beautiful place Readers will also be fascinated by Balzar s account of what goes into the training and care of the majestic dogs who pull the sleds and whose courage, strength, and devotion make them the true heroes of this story.

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    1. John is a reporter who spent many months researching the 1998 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. He became acquainted with the mushers and their dogs, race officials, veterinarians, folks at the checkpoints, and many others.The 1998 race included 34 men, 4 women, and 530 dogs. John mushed 100 miles/160 km of the Quest trail, during the race, with a borrowed dog team.The trail follows the old Gold Rush routes, from Fairbanks, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon, or vice versa, depending on the year [...]

    2. I have always been fascinated by the Iditarod and the Quest. This book was an interesting look into the Quest and all the work that goes into preparing for the race; both as mushers and as trail busters, dog handlers, etc. As usual, a book about this topic ends up really being about Alaska and what it means to be Alaskan. Worth a read for surebut glad I read it in the summer, I got cold just reading about it!

    3. recommended: anyone into adventure stories, the great white north, the wilderness, and the intersection of all of this with modern timest as in 'oh, we're killing the wildlife', though balzar does touch on that. the far north is still the far north, with all it's majesty. i actually started reading this over jan term (when all other college students are off, but i get the joys of winter training), to keep my brain working. i lied, i've actually read it before. but seriously: good book. honest, f [...]

    4. Beautifully rendered, this book was a page-turner that I tore through in two days. Skipping smoothly from the race front-runners to middle-of-the-pack rookies, to the author's own arctic travels following the action, to interesting historical anecdotes about the now-empty landscape of the gold rush era, the descriptions of the north, the people, the cold and running dogs were spot on. Captivating and powerful, this one is worth picking up even if you don't spend all summer waiting impatiently fo [...]

    5. Wow, absolutely amazing. Beautiful story told of a less known, though just of challenging if not more, sled dog race from the Yukon to Alaska; 1000 miles. Balzar really pulls you into each one of the characters as you follow them along the race. Within the first pages you are already rooting for the racers. By the end you feel a loss as you no longer get to enjoy the awesome scenery, and amazing animals. This book really makes you want to drop everything and go up to the foreboding cold just to [...]

    6. This is a great book on the seldom recognized Yukon Quest. The book is non-fiction and written from the perspective of an onlooker or outsider, given the fact that the race is not as popular as the Iditarod it is not surprising. The book deals not only with the aspects of the race but also with the unique lives of the "backwoods Alaskan". It has some mature content and is not for teenagers or children.

    7. I checked this book out of the library because I thought I'd feel warmer if I read about a place that was way colder and snowier. It didn't help but my trip to Florida did. Couldn't really get into it in Florida, so took me a bit longer to finish it. The descriptions of the race and the different mushers were very interesting. The lead up and the chapter after the finish were less so.

    8. I didn't finish this book. I was excited about the dog sledding, but the presentation of the story didn't stick for me and the language had too many flourishes for my taste. Mushing is an amazing sport and a musher recommended the book to me, but I think you really have to be in love with the sport for this book.

    9. Absolutely stunning book. I immediately fell in love with the mushers and their dogs and felt the need to travel to Yukon and see this race with my own eyes (note that I hate winter above all). I recommmend it to anyone who enjoys the wonders of wilderness, friendship, and the bond between peope and animals.

    10. The book did succeed in making me desperate to go to Alaska, but as tales of adventure go, he does a mediocre job. I wasn't reading to find out about the author's experience watching the race, but rather the mushers' experience running it. To the overall detriment of the narrative, there's much more of the former than the latter.

    11. Great book. I picked it up at a friends of the library surplus sale, and it was the best surprise. Full of wonder and humor. It was filled with a pragmatic romanticism of the North that made me long to get a sled dog team together. I definitely recommend it.

    12. Interesting insight of a man literally following the race as a reporter. I'm not sure how much is fabricated, if any.

    13. Riveting account of the running of a sled dog race in the Yukon and Alaska. Highly recommended.

    14. Good book if you like Alaska stuff. This is a true documentation of the annual Yukon Quest race which is suppose to be tougher than the Iditarod.

    15. A pretty slow starter, but it did have some fun and interesting facts. Got about half way through and the pace really picked up. Glad I finished.

    16. Wow! Balzar's skillful story weaving gives an intimate look at the passionate people and amazing dogs of the Yukon Quest. What an adventure!

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