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The year is 1930, the vast uncharted wilderness their destination, and the newlyweds Bill and Ruth Albee are off on the adventure of their lives. 

Having grown weary with the day-to-day existence that is expected of young students, Bill and Ruth come up with the plan to head to Alaska - exploring the large blank space on the map that is Western British Columbia along the way. And in so doing they'll study firsthand the native culture and peoples of the North - a far better method of study in their estimation!

So without further ado they started off. Leaving from Vancouver on foot up through Western BC - following a route very few White men and no White women had been on - into the Yukon and then on to Alaska down the mighty Yukon river. A journey of many thousands of miles. 

Enroute are the perils of bureaucratic red tape, starvation, wolves, the disappearing Rudy, dangerous rivers, a worthless map, crazy frontiersmen, a Russian woman and her stuffed dog, friendly and unfriendly natives, and an unplanned pregnancy. 

And the destination worth every minute of it! For Bill and Ruth discovered something far greater than the adventure. Greater than the experience of it all. Something great, wild, wonderful, and truly unexpected....

©2020 Old West Books (P)2021 Mark Kopman

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  • 02-07-2021

An Epic Adventure in the North

Some true stories are more engaging than fiction this is one of those. A trip through uncharted territory defying all odds, to building a boat and Floating the Yukon, eventually walrus hunting and living with the Eskimo’s on the bearing strait. Very well performed

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  • CRT
  • 20-07-2021

Epic story

Well presented. An amazing story of how city people adapted to primitive living. An epic tale.

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  • Susie T
  • 07-07-2021

Great Wilderness Story!

An entertaining tale of a young couples back country adventures that is an easy listen and lets the listener in on the cultural realities of a remote wilderness region. Definitely recommend this one!

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  • yd2
  • 04-07-2021

Highly recommended true adventure of north.

An exceptionally written, compelling read of a adventurous journey across a vast wilderness. A great story that is not soon forgotten. Bill and Ruth used great ingenuity and perseverance to push through and succeed on their quest.

This book also contains many great descriptions of the colorful frontier characters they met along the way. Like their journey, this book is an excellent study in sociology of the wilderness peoples of the 1930s.

Lyle Blaker does a great job with the narration and his performance is easy to follow and a joy to listen to.

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  • Andrew Kopman
  • 16-08-2021

Awesome Story!

I enjoyed this book very much. it is a excellent story and the narrator is top notch.

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  • mom
  • 13-07-2021

Awesome adventure informative story

Alaska Challenge is a well written story with much adventure. There is so much information and history about Alaska and the Eskimos you feel like you lived with them for a time.

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