Alaska River Guide: Canoeing, Kayaking, And Rafting In The Last Frontier by Karen JettmarAlaska River Guide: Canoeing, Kayaking, And Rafting In The Last Frontier by Karen Jettmar

Alaska River Guide: Canoeing, Kayaking, And Rafting In The Last Frontier

byKaren Jettmar

Paperback | July 8, 2008

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The rich tapestry of Alaska is threaded together by 365,000 miles of waterways, from cascading mountain streams to meandering valley rivers, from the meltwaters of glaciers to broad rivers that empty into the sea. This guide profiles a wide variety of rivers from all over Alaska, concentrating on trips for intermediate boaters, and including a few major expeditions for the experienced river-runner. A section on gear outlines what to take into the backcountry.
Karen Jettmar is a river guide, freelance writer, and photographer whose work has been published in magazines that include National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and Time.
Title:Alaska River Guide: Canoeing, Kayaking, And Rafting In The Last FrontierFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:328 pages, 8.96 × 6.35 × 0.67 inShipping dimensions:8.96 × 6.35 × 0.67 inPublished:July 8, 2008Publisher:Clerisy PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0897329570

ISBN - 13:9780897329576


Read from the Book

Beginning in the mountains northwest of lake-dotted Howard Pass, the Aniuk River flows southwesterly for 80 miles to its confluence with the Noatak River. A small clearwater stream spiked with rocky rapids, the Aniuk flows through a broad, sometimes marshy valley, with a gradient of less than 20 feet per mile. The watershed drains a thousand square miles. As an alternative starting point for a trip on the Noatak, the Aniuk traverses a rarely visited region of Noatak National Preserve. Entirely above treeline, the Aniuk begins in alpine tundra on the south side of the Brooks Range and traverses upland and wetland tundra habitats. Opportunities for observing wildlife are outstanding, as Howard Pass is a major migratory route and the vistas are expansive.

Table of Contents

(1) A Legacy of Wild Rivers (2) The Special Challenges of Alaska (3) Whitewater Classification (4) Topographic Maps (5) Choosing the Right Boat (6) Gearing Up (7) Safety (8) Traveling with Children (9) Respecting the Land and Its Inhabitants (10) Arctic Slope (11) Northwest Alaska (12) Yukon Region (13) Southwest Alaska (14) Southcentral Alaska (15) Southeast Alaska

Editorial Reviews

“This is dream material. Imagine canoeing the North Fork of the Koyukuk. You can put in near Mount Doonerakand drift through the Gates of the Arctic National Park. The Alaska River Guide will make you want to do it.” Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

“ This book, by Karen Jettmar, will help to preserve Alaska’s precious natural heritage.”
President Jimmy Carter