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TRUE NORTH: A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness

TRUE NORTH: A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness
$16.95
An enthralling survival memoir "of a running fight against the forces of nature" and "the joys of wild life"--for lovers of nature and off-grid adventure (Kirkus Reviews)

In the 1930s, a couple abandons the daily grind for a winters-long trek with native trappers through one of the most remote regions of Canada.

While many people dream of abandoning civilization and heading into the wilderness, few manage to actually do it. One exception was 24-year-old Elliott Merrick, who in 1929 left his advertising job in New Jersey and moved to Labrador, one of Canada's most remote regions.

True North tells the captivating story of one of the high points of Merrick's years there: a hunting trip he and his wife, Kay, made with trapper John Michelin in 1930. Covering 300 miles over a harsh winter, they experienced an unexplored realm of nature at its most intense and faced numerous challenges. Merrick accidentally shot himself in the thigh and almost cut off his toe. Freezing cold and hunger were constant. Nonetheless, the group found beauty and even magic in the stark landscape. The couple and the trappers bonded with each other and their environment through such surprisingly daunting tasks as fabricating sunglasses to avoid snow blindness and learning to wash underwear without it freezing.

Merrick's intimate style, rich with narrative detail, brings readers into a dramatic story of survival and shares the lesson the Merricks learned: that the greatest satisfaction in life can come from the simplest things.

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9781556439094
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Paperback
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Publication Date: 
May 4, 2010