Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak: One Woman's Journey Through the Northwest Passage by Victoria JasonKabloona in the Yellow Kayak: One Woman's Journey Through the Northwest Passage by Victoria Jason

Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak: One Woman's Journey Through the Northwest Passage

byVictoria Jason

Paperback | January 16, 1997

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During the summers of 1991 through 1994 Victoria Jason and two companions--Fred Reffler and Don Starkell--set out to kayak from Churchill, Manitoba to Tuktoyaktuk on the Beaufort Sea. When she set out in 1991, Victoria, already a grandmother of two, had been kayaking for only a year and was still recovering from the second of two strokes.
Victoria Jason fell in love with the North while living in Churchill. After following her dream to kayak the North, she worked to reintroduce the kayak to the Innu. She toured the country sharing her experiences and adventures until illness made it impossible for her to continue. Victoria died in Winnipeg in the spring of 2000.
Title:Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak: One Woman's Journey Through the Northwest PassageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.95 inPublished:January 16, 1997Publisher:Turnstone Press

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ISBN - 10:0888012187

ISBN - 13:9780888012180

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from powerful and inspirational This is a book that I have owned for years, and I read it once a year. I loaned it out and it was never returned. I just recently re-ordered it so I could read it again. Each time I read it, something new leaps from the pages. I think that is in part to my own experiences and journeys that have happened between readings. I have a new/evolved lens to look through each time when I accompany Victoria on her journey. I would love to hear her speak!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kabloona in a Yellow Kayak I have to disagree with the writer who had a problem with Victoria Jason's assessment of Don Starkell. Anyone who invites a woman on a kayak expedition in order to have female companionship, and treats her the way Starkell treats Victoria Jason, has some serious issues with gender - in particular with respect to women. I asked Victoria Jason how she made it as far as she did with him, it seemed like hell, and she said her editor made her take some of the worst stuff out of the book. I can only imagine how deep his misogony runs. Jason is a hero, and as a hero, had to overcome adversity in the kayak, and as a woman - Starkell may have been the biggest barrier to her success and you have to read it to experience her ultimate triumph.
Date published: 2004-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unfair Criticism Although I greatly admire Vicki Jason's achievements, her criticism of Don Starkell is unfair. She was obviously unable to keep up to his pace, which must have been extremely frustrating for someone who had spent so much time and effort into planning the trip. If Don had been alone he would very probably have achieved his goal, and if he had slowed to her pace they probably both have perished since rescue would have been impossible over most of their route. Don Starkell's side of the story is that Vicki may have had a somewhat casual attitude to preparations for their trip (inadequate physical training, bringing extra supplies when weight was critical, etc.), but in spite of this, and Vicki's criticism of him (which he was aware of during the last part of his trip) he admired and respected her, missed her after she was gone, and admitted that he had been difficult to get along with (but so are most people who strive to reach the 'impossible').
Date published: 2002-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kabloona in a Yellow Kayak Truly an inspirational book. Victoria Jason is a unique and strong willed woman who's outlook on life, nature and culture is marvelous. This book takes you on an adventure & lets you feel intimately each and every placename & person in it. For all those couch potatoes, this book will inspire you to wonder weather you too could plan and carry throught the adventure of a lifetime.
Date published: 2001-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kabloona in a Yellow Kayak It is an excellent book! Her journey is fascinating. Equally so is her glimpses of the warmth and hospitality of northerners. By the way, I live in the North and have travelled to some of the communities that she wrote about. It's great to read about people I know!
Date published: 2000-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kabloona Kabloona In The Yellow Kayak is a fascinating read. The courage of Victoria Jason is amazing! You truly feel like you have gone on this journey with her. Inspiring for all women.
Date published: 2000-01-07

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A true-life story about a courageous woman's journey through the North West Passage by kayak, Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak still thrills readers. When Victoria Jason set out on her epic journey in 1991, she was already a grandmother recovering from the second of two strokes and had been kayaking for only a year. Her inspiring, honest style won Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak the McNally-Robinson Book of the Year Award.