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Kevin Vallely

Kevin Vallely is an architect, adventurer and happily married father of two. He is a member of the Explorer’s Club and was an Explorer’s Club Flag recipient. In 2009 he and two teammates broke the world record for the fastest unsupported trek from the edge of the Antarctic continent to the Geographic South Pole.

Rowing the Northwest Passage: Adventure, Fear, and Awe in a Rising Sea
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous;
Grade Levels: 11; 12; University/College;

"Vallely transports the reader to places few will ever go: the very edges of the earth and of human endurance."—Evan Solomon

In this gripping first-hand account, four seasoned adventurers navigate a sophisticated, high-tech rowboat across the Northwest Passage. One of the “last firsts” remaining in the adventure world, this journey is only possible because of the dramatic impacts of global warming in the high Arctic, which provide an ironic opportunity to draw attention to the growing urgency of climate change.

Along the way, the team repeatedly face life-threatening danger from storms unparalleled in their ferocity and unpredictability and bears witness to unprecedented changes in the Arctic habitat and inhabitants, while weathering gale-force vitriol from climate change deniers who have taken to social media to attack them and undermine their efforts.

"Not the usual curricular fit, but a book that offers important messages under the wrap of a thrilling adventure story. Four men attempt to row across the Northwest Passage, aiming to prove that climate change is exerting a dramatic effect on Arctic waters. They meet longtime residents of the North, many of whom are Indigenous. These people, reliant on the sea as a food source, bear witness through accounts of how the climate has shifted, and how quickly the Arctic ice is melting. The rowers show tremendous respect for all of the residents they meet. Besides its primary focus on climate and ocean, the book incorporates the history of previous voyages and the region. Vallely includes extensive notes and references." -BC Books for BC Schools 2018-2019, Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia

Educator Information
Recommended resource for grades 11-12 for these subject areas: Environmental Science, Science for Citizens.

Caution: Swearing is prevalent, with frequent use of the F-word.

Additional Information
224 pages | 5.50" x 8.50"

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