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Something to aspire to.

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Reviewed: 2020-01-24

I, like many of us, had always been told the map was complete. There was nothing left to explore but the ocean floor and the stars. That each of the mountains I've climbed and valleys I've passed through are mapped, charted and photographed. There was nothing new to explore in this age of google earth... until I listened to Adam Shoalts books Alone against the North and Beyond the Trees.
After so many years of melancholy I feel that drive to explore rising once again. Thank you Adam for opening the eyes of those of us who didn't know there are still corners undiscovered. Maybe one day we'll cross paths and I'll congratulate you personally. Until then I have some serious exploring to plan out.

A spectacular story

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Reviewed: 2019-12-10

The author's ambition is something to strive for. The details and methods of this adventure should be practiced in every school.

This book paints breathtaking pictures of the various arctic landscapes and the relentless power of wind and water.

This book makes the reader yearn have the opportunity to venture into the wild to see places no one else has seen, or to look on man made things left centuries undisturbed.

An incredible insight into hunting and history.

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Reviewed: 2019-12-07

Steven Rinella presents his hunting expedition in a way that makes you feel like your there in the dying light, smelling the frost in the air and feeling the weight of your pack.
I really appreciate how he examines the deeper meaning of hunting, the thrill and the trials, then fills it in with facts and myth both past and present.
Particular to this book is the immense role bison have played in history, as well as to humanity. You come way from this realizing how bison have shaped nations and caused the destruction of others, and how human nature drove them to and from extinction.
You gain a further respect for the myriad of lives that built the world we know, not only that of human and bison but any of the amazing creatures we have relied upon or exploited in the past.
This is a truely wonderful world we live in, and it deserves every scrap of reverence we can give.

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Reveals human strength through catastrophe

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Reviewed: 2019-08-20

The author skillfully outlines the various aspects of survival using biology, psychology, the stories of some who succumbed to nature, and the testimonies of survivors.

This book is a must read for any sort of outdoorsman, but it also applies to most any stressful situation.

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The life of an accomplished outdoorsman

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Reviewed: 2019-06-21

An excellent insight into the mind and adventures of a proper North American hunter. In story form it is incredibly informational describing tactics, methods and the honourable mentality of a hunter.

As a fellow woodsman Steven's book accurately describes my experience as well, all be it in a more life long format. This is an excellent read for those at any stage in their outdoor experience, as well as any who may disagree with the practice of hunting in general or who may disagree with some of the finer details.