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Yukon Alone: The World's Toughest Adventure Race

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  146 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
In the tradition of Into the Wild, a story of daring and determination in one of nature's harshest, loneliest, and most beautiful places.

The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is among the most challenging and dangerous of all the organized sporting events in the world. Every February, a handful of hardy souls sps over two weeks racing sleds pulled by fourteen dogs ov
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 1999)
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Jena Gardner
May 24, 2010 Jena Gardner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been fascinated by the Iditarod and the Quest. This book was an interesting look into the Quest and all the work that goes into preparing for the race; both as mushers and as trail busters, dog handlers, etc. As usual, a book about this topic ends up really being about Alaska and what it means to be Alaskan. Worth a read for sure...but glad I read it in the summer, I got cold just reading about it!
Apr 21, 2008 Az rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: in the review, too long
recommended: anyone into adventure stories, the great white north, the wilderness, and the intersection of all of this with modern times...not as in 'oh, we're killing the wildlife', though balzar does touch on that. the far north is still the far north, with all it's majesty.
i actually started reading this over jan term (when all other college students are off, but i get the joys of winter training), to keep my brain working. i lied, i've actually read it before. but seriously: good book. hone
Jul 31, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Beautifully rendered, this book was a page-turner that I tore through in two days. Skipping smoothly from the race front-runners to middle-of-the-pack rookies, to the author's own arctic travels following the action, to interesting historical anecdotes about the now-empty landscape of the gold rush era, the descriptions of the north, the people, the cold and running dogs were spot on. Captivating and powerful, this one is worth picking up even if you don't spend all summer waiting impatiently fo ...more
Jul 20, 2007 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, absolutely amazing. Beautiful story told of a less known, though just of challenging if not more, sled dog race from the Yukon to Alaska; 1000 miles. Balzar really pulls you into each one of the characters as you follow them along the race. Within the first pages you are already rooting for the racers. By the end you feel a loss as you no longer get to enjoy the awesome scenery, and amazing animals. This book really makes you want to drop everything and go up to the foreboding cold just to ...more
Apr 07, 2008 Abram rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults, lovers of the outdoors and adventure raceing
Recommended to Abram by: Ada county library
This is a great book on the seldom recognized Yukon Quest. The book is non-fiction and written from the perspective of an onlooker or outsider, given the fact that the race is not as popular as the Iditarod it is not surprising. The book deals not only with the aspects of the race but also with the unique lives of the "backwoods Alaskan". It has some mature content and is not for teenagers or children.
Mar 09, 2014 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I checked this book out of the library because I thought I'd feel warmer if I read about a place that was way colder and snowier. It didn't help but my trip to Florida did. Couldn't really get into it in Florida, so took me a bit longer to finish it. The descriptions of the race and the different mushers were very interesting. The lead up and the chapter after the finish were less so.
I didn't finish this book. I was excited about the dog sledding, but the presentation of the story didn't stick for me and the language had too many flourishes for my taste. Mushing is an amazing sport and a musher recommended the book to me, but I think you really have to be in love with the sport for this book.
Sep 17, 2012 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely stunning book. I immediately fell in love with the mushers and their dogs and felt the need to travel to Yukon and see this race with my own eyes (note that I hate winter above all). I recommmend it to anyone who enjoys the wonders of wilderness, friendship, and the bond between peope and animals.
Jul 28, 2014 Jennyb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book did succeed in making me desperate to go to Alaska, but as tales of adventure go, he does a mediocre job. I wasn't reading to find out about the author's experience watching the race, but rather the mushers' experience running it. To the overall detriment of the narrative, there's much more of the former than the latter.
Mark McCraw
Jul 07, 2011 Mark McCraw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I picked it up at a friends of the library surplus sale, and it was the best surprise. Full of wonder and humor. It was filled with a pragmatic romanticism of the North that made me long to get a sled dog team together. I definitely recommend it.
Susan Smith
Feb 16, 2016 Susan Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Interesting insight of a man literally following the race as a reporter. I'm not sure how much is fabricated, if any.
Frederick Bingham
Riveting account of the running of a sled dog race in the Yukon and Alaska. Highly recommended.
Feb 12, 2008 Ronnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book if you like Alaska stuff. This is a true documentation of the annual Yukon Quest race which is suppose to be tougher than the Iditarod.
Mar 02, 2011 J.C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A pretty slow starter, but it did have some fun and interesting facts. Got about half way through and the pace really picked up. Glad I finished.
Jan 15, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Wow! Balzar's skillful story weaving gives an intimate look at the passionate people and amazing dogs of the Yukon Quest. What an adventure!
Lorna Rose-hahn
Oct 07, 2015 Lorna Rose-hahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating stories of hardy souls. Just read it.
eh. writing not so good. really unfocused.
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“At 30-below, mushers will begin to put fleece jackets on their more sensitive dogs. Males are affixed with pile jockstraps, "peter heaters," to guard against frostbite.” 3 likes
“During an ordinary Quest day, a fifty-pound dog needs the caloric equivalent of twenty double cheeseburgers, and more if the temperature drops.” 2 likes
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