Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled A Narrative of Winter Travel in Interior Alaska
In this dramatic work, Stuck draws upon his eight years of continuous travels in this "great, wild country" to paint an exhilarating portrait of a rugged land and the people who lived there. This is no mild tale of priestly ministering or zealous missionary work-Stuck all but eschews discussion of his actual work to regale us with tales of the "gentle aboriginal population" and "some of the hardiest and most adventurous white men in the world," and warns against "low-down whites" with no respect for native culture or the sanctity of the land.
With this beautiful and untamed land again threatened by encroaching development, this century-old book remains a fresh and vital read. Stuck's Ascent of Denali. A Narrative of Winter Travel in Interior Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic.
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If you like this book you will also want to read the following 99 cent books on Arctic adventures: One person found this helpful. First, I must admit my bias, based on personal experience. I have traveled by snowshoe, crossed the Sierras in the winter, camped in the snow, gold mined in Northern California, and worked outside in Montana in 20 to 40 below weather. As a result, this book resonates with me, and the grit shown by Alaskan "mushers" astounds me.
Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled: A Narrative of Winter Travel in Interior Alaska
The author was a cleric although this is not a religious book by any means who covered his "parish" in the winter by dogsled. The actual travels are interesting, but they are a thread upon which the author strings nuggets about early 20th Century life in remote areas of Alaska. He tells of the care, feeding and selection of sled dogs, of course. But he also tells how miners thawed the soil to a depth at which they wished to secure gold, and how they froze tunnels through the water to mine the ocean floor. He tells of interesting personalities, the types of people who flocked to Alaska, the characteristics of the natives, the quality of Alaskan potatoes, the types of snow and ice conditions, and a thousand other interesting details.
By the time you are finished, you will know what temperatures are best for winter travel, the difficulties of sharing the wilderness trails with horses, all about illicit liquor traders, the curse of cotton clothing, how to stick rabbit fur on your nose to prevent frostbite to your probiscus, and a lot more than you ever considered about early Alaskan life.
Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled: A Narrative of Winter Travel in Interior Alaska by Hudson Stuck
I can't imagine anyone who would not enjoy this book. But if you are an outdoorsman or woman! I love dogs so naturally this book would attract my attention. And it is about Alaska, a subject that gets my attention.
The book was written by a minister who traveled to various missions in the early 's. The suspense of his journeys and how they managed the dogs through the snow and ice kept my attention. I also liked his description of Mt. McKinley and other scenery as he traveled across the rivers and terrain. Another interesting and historical book.
Really enjoyed the book, would have liked it better if there had been maps of the trails covered, as not being an Alaskan there were only a few places mentioned that I could picture in my minds eye. Again with a book written some years ago there were words that I needed to look up. Whilst reading I was transposed onto the trails with them, bearing in mind the clothing that was available then I wonder how they survived in the temperatures that the writer quotes.
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What surprised me was the seeming lack of wildlife that they came upon. Would recommend this book who likes adventure non fiction. The first thing I noticed was the odd abbreviation for Alaska in the title on the book cover. Ala used to be the three letter abbreviation for Alabama, not Alaska. The cover art actually looks okay but didn't represent travels by dog sled in the interior of Alaska in approximately Then I opened the book. Of course it's a reprint but this POS is printed in a small font better suited for instructions on some inexpensive toy from Walgreens.
This might be a great story but I'll have to find another edition to read. A missionary recounts his travels in remote Alaska at a time when there were no roads. He shows the hospitality and friendliness people extended to each other. His description of the country are beautiful.
Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled by Hudson Stuck
The author was one of the original climbers of Denali and played a huge role in Alaskan history, yet is relatively unknown. I was amazed at the adventures and travel advice given in this book that applies to Alaska even today. The old school mushing advice and winter travel planning is incredible. It tells the story of Alaska a decade or more after the gold rush, which tends to be the well documented time of Alaskan history.
The adventures of those who stayed on afterwards are just as interesting, if not more. Hudson Stuck does a great job of telling these stories and his predictions on the fate of Alaskan natives are chillingly accurate.