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Fearless by Joe Glickman
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Feb 19, 2012

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Recommended for: Fellow sea kayakers
Read in February, 2012

I'd heard of Freya Hoffmeister before she set out to circumnavigate Australia in a stock kayak, and gathered she is rather self-possessed. Joe Glickman's account certainly bears that out.

He grudgingly acknowledges that despite, or perhaps because of, her pigheadedness, she accomplishes at least two of her three primary goals: to complete the circumnavigation, and to do it faster than Paul Caffyn, a Kiwi who went round Australia in a kayak 27 years before her. Glickman seems a bit fixated on her third stated goal, to be the sexiest woman in sea kayaking, and goes on about her going on in her blog about excessive skinny dipping.

This short book feels more like an extended feature article for Outside magazine, and Glickman has written for them. I dropped my subscription to Outside after their writing and art started heavily skewing to guys; this book has a bit of a macho attitude about it. But Glickman does have the grace to acknowledge that he is jealous of Freya's abilities and that he worried about her as he followed her blog over the course of the 332 days the trip took to complete.

This is worth reading for the adventure of solo sea kayaking in spectacularly challenging conditions and camping where the threats of crocs and poisonous snakes were very present. It is inspiring to see what a 45-year-old woman can pull off!


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