Up the Creek: An Amazon Adventure by John HarrisonUp the Creek: An Amazon Adventure by John Harrison

Up the Creek: An Amazon Adventure

byJohn Harrison

Paperback | May 1, 2012

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The adventure story of an extremely hazardous canoe trip taken just for the hell of it up one of the more obscure tributaries of the Amazon. Harrison's tale is compelling, full of suspense, humor and wonderful descriptions of Amazon wildlife, all told in down-to-earth unpretentious language with disarming honesty. His quest is ambitious, exciting and, ultimately, flawed.
John has written and presented several radio programmes for the BBC, and contributed articles to many magazines and newspapers. He has entertained audiences with more than 200 lectures and has been an on-board speaker for cruise lines. He lives in Bristol in the UK.
Title:Up the Creek: An Amazon AdventureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:Bradt Travel GuidesLanguage:English

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From Last Days'I decided to set off for another hunt, soon to realise how much the malaria had sapped my remaining strength, and of course three or four cashew fruits a day do not provide much energy. At the airstrip, I saw a commotion in a distant tree-top where a troupe of spider monkeys were feeding. Big, gangly, 10-kilo beasts they were. Malaria, hunger and all, I broke into a trot. They had seen me coming and were already in retreat. The only hope seemed to be to run as fast as I could in the attempt to get within range. I floundered through the jungle, tripping and scrabbling in the undergrowth, and with only a pair of underpants on I was soon scratched and bleeding. My heart was thumping in my chest, there was a bitter dry taste in my mouth, and my empty stomach was flapping against my spine, but I was gaining on the monkeys. The chase went on for several hundred metres, until I staggered within range. One monkey was running along a branch and about to leap to another tree when I fired. It was a hurried snap shot, but the monkey faltered as it was about to leap and missed its handhold, toppling head first 20 metres down to the jungle floor.Between me and the place it had landed was a fallen tree, and I needed to sit down and rest before I could go on. When I did, there was no sign of the monkey. I walked around searching for half an hour. This was a cruel blow. Either the monkey had been not too badly wounded and had dragged itself away, or else it had missed its handhold from shock at the sound of whistling pellets, recovered, and nipped up another tree. At all events, it was our last hunt at Molocopote. After that we conserved our strength by spending most of the time in our hammocks, with the odd foray to the cashew trees.'

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dervla Murphy Acknowledgements Map Prophecies and Preparations Departure Early Days Slow Progress Malaria Burnt Foot Camp Back to the Beginning Up the Cuc The Jari Again Choked Waters Dire Straits Dilemmas The Retreat The Long Wait Christmas Last Days

Editorial Reviews

'The style is the man: randy and rumbustious but never out of control. An admirable book by an admirable man who exposes himself mercilessly.' The Daily Telegraph 'The author had no sponsorship whatever for his extremely hazardous canoe trip on one of the more obscure tributaries of that river about which I didn't think anything new and startling could now be written. How wrong one can be. He escaped death I don't know how many times in places where there was no hope of rescue. The style is the man: randy and rumbustious but never out of control. An admirable book by an admirable man who exposes himself mercilessly.' The Daily Telegraph 'The reader will find a totally convincing and matter-of-fact account of a grim series of encounters with a variety of predators - some human and some non-human. But however grim the tale, as a record of courage and endurance it deserves to stand in an honoured place on any shelf devoted to the self-punishing experiences of Anglo-Saxons up the Amazon.' The Times 'Mountaineers have many classic accounts of daring ascents of horribly difficult peaks. With Up the Creek, tropical forest lovers now have their own epic adventure. John Harrison vividly reminded me of experiences on similar expeditions: panic at being lost, insects and their bites, hunger and the daydreams it induces, the all-pervading smell of leaf-rot, and the character changes caused by exhaustion and undernourishment. But he also conveys the love of forests and rivers that keep luring him back to Amazonia.' Dr John Hemming, Geographical Magazine