Conquering the Impossible

Conquering the Impossible

My 12,000-mile Journey Around the Arctic Circle

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Baker & Taylor
In August 2002, Mike Horn set out on a mission that bordered on the impossible: to travel 12,000 miles around the globe at the Arctic Circle--alone, against prevailing winds and currents, and without motorized transportation. This is the account of Horn's grueling 27-month expedition by foot, ski, mountain bike, kayak, catamaran, and monohull sailboat through conditions that nearly cost him his life. Enduring temperatures colder than 75 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, Horn battled hazards including unstable ice that plunged him into frigid waters, encounters with polar bears, severe frostbite, and a fire that destroyed all of his equipment and nearly burned him alive. From the dangers that Horn faced alone in the vast tundra to his amusing and inspiring encounters with the hardy inhabitants of the remotest corners of the earth, this adrenaline-filled tale chronicles one man's unrelenting desire to push the limits of what is humanly possible.--From publisher description.

McMillan Palgrave
In August 2002, Mike Horn set out on a mission that bordered on the impossible: to travel 12,000 miles around the globe at the Arctic Circle - alone, against all prevailing winds and currents, and without motorized transportation.
This is the gripping account of Horn's gruelling 27-month expedition by sail and by foot through extreme Arctic conditions that nearly cost him his life on numerous occasions. Enduring temperatures that ranged to as low as -95 degrees Fahrenheit, Horn battled hazards including shifting and unstable ice that gave way and plunged him into frigid waters, encounters with polar bears so close that he felt their breath on his face, severe frostbite in his fingers, and a fire that destroyed all of his equipment and nearly burned him alive.
Complementing the sheer adrenaline of Horn's narrative are the isolated but touching human encounters the adventurer has with the hardy individuals who inhabit one of the remotest corners of the earth. From an Inuit who teaches him how to build an igloo to an elderly Russian left behind when the Soviets evacuated his remote Arctic town, Horn finds comaraderie, kindness, and assistance to help him survive the most unforgiving conditions.
This awe-inspiring account is a page-turner in the vein of Jon Krakauer and a Arctic survival tale rivaling Jack London. Most of all, it's a testament to one man’s unrelenting desire to push the boundaries of human endurance.


Blackwell North Amer
In August 2002, Mike Horn set out on a mission that bordered on the impossible: to travel 12,000 miles around the globe at the Arctic Circle - alone, against all prevailing winds and currents, and without motorized transportation.
Conquering the Impossible is the account of Horn's grueling twenty-seven-month expedition by foot, ski, mountain bike, kayak, catamaran, and monohull sailboat through extreme conditions that nearly cost him his life. Enduring temperatures colder than seventy-five degrees below zero Fahrenheit, Horn battled hazards including trekking on unstable ice that plunged him into frigid waters, encounters with polar bears so close he felt their breath on his face, severe frostbite in his fingers, and a fire that destroyed all of his equipment and nearly burned him alive.
From the hair-raising dangers that Horn faced alone in the vast tundra to his amusing and inspiring encounters with the hardy inhabitants of the remotest corners of the earth, this adrenaline-filled tale chronicles one man's unrelenting desire to push the limits of what is humanly possible.

Baker
& Taylor

An explorer describes his solo, twelve-thousand-mile, twenty-seven-month journey on foot and by sail around the world at the Arctic Circle, detailing the perils he discovered alone in the vast tundra, the hardy inhabitants of the region, and his encounters with such hazards as unstable ice, polar bears, frostbite, fire, and more. 35,000 first printing.
An explorer describes his solo, twelve-thousand-mile, twenty-seven-month journey on foot and by sail around the world at the Arctic Circle, detailing the perils he discovered and his encounters with such hazards as unstable ice and polar bears.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312362621
0312362625
Branch Call Number: 910.9113 HOR
Characteristics: 358 p., [8] p. of plates :,col. ill., maps ;,25 cm.

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