True North:
Exploring the Great Wilderness by Bush Plane
When appendicitis, loss of employment, and a threatened divorce remove three flying friends from a long-planned flight to Alaska, the author sets off on his own. With the aid of his seaplane, the Tundra Cub, he dips a wing to polar bears, is surrounded by musk ox and caribou herds, searches the tundra for clues to the disappearance of a long-missing priest, and measures the earth like Eratosthenes at the edge of an arctic sea.

More than a non-fiction travelogue, True North tells tales of John Hornby, the man who starved to death in the game sanctuary he fought to create, of a con-man extraordinaire named Soapy Smith, of unscrupulous missionaries, of life at early Hudson's Bay Company posts, and of the new Mother Lode of the North - diamonds.

With tributes to the science that makes his flight and all of our comforts possible, the author communes with the fireside skull of "Unok" under flaring northern lights, illuminates plate tectonics at Great Slave Lake's McDonald fault - and twice almost loses his life.

Following a course determined by weather and whim, Erickson damns wasteful habits that denude British Columbia forests, visits the troubled Sekani Indian settlement of Fort Ware, B.C., and returns to the 1898 Gold Rush at Dyea's Chilkoot Pass. Amidst an eclectic mix of engine failures, erotica, history, humor and mountain Shangrilas, he kneels on a Great Slave Lake shoreline composed of the organisms that filled our skies with oxygen and breathed us into life. Over-flying forest fires, he camps beside a tangle of rusting snares that liberate boyhood memories of death and grief. A blend of stunning landscapes, wildlife, myths and personal experience, True North reveals the author's love of nature and his passion for truth.
  • "A wonderful book" - Clive Cussler, NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling Author
  • "Ultimate adventure - one of the ten best new outdoors books of the year." - OUTDOOR CANADA
  • "Elegant prose and an ability to spin a tale." - GLOBE AND MAIL
  • "Erickson is the spiritual descendant of the great explorers he writes about." - Chicago Tribune.

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The author, like most of us, is currently staying home and quaranteening from COVID, and looking for something exciting to read. After recommending his first book, True North, to his friends, he decided to make the book available in .pdf format to everyone. So click anywhere in this notice to download the book, along with many pictures, and enjoy the thrill of exploring the far north country.

Check out George Erickson's other books:

True North: Exploring the Great Wilderness by Bush Plane

Back to the Barrens: On the Wing with da Vinci & Friends

Time Traveling with Science and the Saints

Eyes Wide Open

Unintended Consequences: The Lie that killed millions and accelerated Climate Change

Born To Fly

Time To Get Serious

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