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Arctic quest : odyssey through a threatened wilderness
Kister, Chad.
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Publication Information:
Monroe, ME : Common Courage Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
284 pages : maps, color illustrations ; 23 cm

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TD195.P4 K58 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Chad Kister takes you on a riveting 700-mile journey by raft and foot. See the Arctic Refuge beauty first hand through the dangers Kister survives. A broken backpack - repaired with caribou antlers - pales against the spirited chase by security guards trying to stop his discovery of what big oil is doing to this fragile land.

"I was grabbed from the first page. Few young whippersnappers can pull off an adventure this thrilling with such charming and refreshing naivete and later write about it like an old pro. His masterful story telling ability riveted me to the book. But by the end I realized I had gained so much insight into the politics of oil exploration in this contended wilderness. I can't wait to see what's next from this new young writer." - Bernd Heinrich, -author of The New York Times bestseller Ravens in Winter and A Year in the Maine Woods

After the 700-mile journey through the Arctic Refuge in 1991 that is the subject of this book, Chad Kister lobbied the U.S. to do more at the Earth Summit with a week-long fast in front of the White House, and went on a speaking tour about the environment throughout Japan in 1993. He returned to the Arctic in 1993 to climb Misty Mountain. Kister organized numerous political walks from 70 to 849 miles long, and is now the coordinator of Dysart Defenders, a group working to save one of the lastancient forests in Ohio. He is also the coordinator of the Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign and has personally lobbied Senators and Representatives with his first-hand experiences of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and thousands of petition signatures.

Author Notes

Author Chad Kister is a writer, public speaker and environmental activist in southeast Ohio. Kister has been touring the U.S. speaking about the need to protect the Arctic Refuge.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
1 Escapep. 7
2 Captured in Poison Landp. 15
3 Into the Wildernessp. 25
4 Troublep. 32
5 In Quest of Foodp. 37
6 Feastp. 42
7 Fishp. 45
8 Land of Plentyp. 49
9 Approaching the Front Linep. 52
10 Border to Paradisep. 57
11 Valley of Lifep. 61
12 Crisis of Goalsp. 67
13 Reverence in Rainbow Templep. 77
14 Into the Mountain Heartp. 84
15 Renewal at Lake Trout Cabinp. 93
16 Petrol Hazep. 97
17 Stowawayp. 101
18 Birthday Voyagep. 105
19 Arctic Companionsp. 111
20 Disasterp. 118
21 Recoveryp. 128
22 Where Eagles Soarp. 132
Photosp. 135
23 Riverside Gatheringp. 155
24 The Crossingp. 159
25 Flood Weary Along the Okpilakp. 163
26 The Bearded Onep. 168
27 To the Jagop. 172
28 Rescuep. 177
29 Arctic Transformationsp. 183
30 Inupiat: Native Whalers of the Far Northp. 191
31 Locals Express Concern of an Uncertain Futurep. 197
32 Steve Porterp. 206
33 Over the Mountainsp. 215
34 Caribou Peoplep. 218
35 The Gwich'in Strugglep. 223
36 Autumn Raft Questp. 231
37 Sharing the Huntp. 237
38 Earth Connectionp. 245
39 Wolf: Spirit of the Wildp. 248
40 Sandstormp. 255
41 Patchesp. 260
42 Rottingp. 268
43 Awakeningp. 271
44 Grizzlyp. 273
45 At Stakep. 280
46 Changep. 282
Acknowledgementsp. 285
About the Authorp. 286