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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Book It: Suggestions to Great "Off Season" Reads (3 of 3)

Part three of three of great "off season" reads follows the natural progression from leadership and decision making, to wilderness tripping. I decided to end with a favorite book that demonstrates a true understanding of what makes a wilderness expedition so magical.

Wilderness tripping, or “trail” is arguably the most memorable part of a Manito-wish experience. It is the time spent traveling through the wilderness using only human energy to traverse terrain, build lasting relationships, share exciting adventures, and take the time to self reflect. The feelings and emotions that accompany a wilderness experience are something that stay with an individual long after the last paddle stroke or stride.

The last “great read” is sure to reawaken and refresh many memories from wilderness trips or motivate you to give it try. Water and Sky: Reflections of a Northern Year by Alan Kesselheim tells the story of the author and his partner, Marypat on a fourteen month, two thousand mile expedition from Jasper, Alberta, along the Athabasca River, to Baker Lake. It documents not only their physical journey but also captures the unspoken thoughts and emotions that accompany an adventure. It does more than highlight exhilarating whitewater or animal encounters, it focuses on teamwork, personal reflection, struggles and triumph.

(Photo: Ben Creagh)

Kesselheim’s story is sure to light an adventurous soul’s eyes with excitement, nostalgia, and a desire to hit the trails again. This book is sure to get you in the mindset for trail and excited for the warming temperatures. What will your story be this summer?

-Ben Creagh

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