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WILD with Latitude: An Ecologist's Years with Bush Bums, Anarchists, and Other Arctic Wildlife by Tom Waite

WILD with Latitude: An Ecologist's Years with Bush Bums, Anarchists, and Other Arctic Wildlife

by Tom Waite

274 pages
An ecologist's wild adventures in northern Alaska.

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Category: Travel:North America
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About the Book
WILD with Latitude celebrates close encounters with Arctic beasts, human and otherwise. During 11 years of ecological field work in northern Alaska, the author mingled with wild apes — bush bums, redneck renegades, sourdoughs, societal dropouts, homesteaders, end-of-the-roaders, crusaders, nudists, Arctic explorers, adventure racers, trappers, goldminers, baseball aficionados, mushers, bohemians, and even fellow ecologists. These diverse humans share a sense of bold adventure, a healthy disrespect for mainstream values, and an aesthetic appreciation for the vast wild lands. Their grit, unconventional lifestyle, and worldview make them ideal characters. These Arctic apes are not just wacky and colorful. They’re wild.

When the author wasn’t face to face with apes, he was having close encounters with other charismatic creatures, including bears, muskoxen, wolves, moose, and “Earth’s Best Bird.” Some of these encounters were of the adrenaline-spiking variety. All of them were thrilling.

You’re invited to tag along on a series of bumpy rides with a semi-feral ecologist. His stories convey the steroidal nature of the far north. They describe life in a bush village, the adventure of conducting field work in the Brooks Range, his solitary sojourn, and the lives of extreme yet ordinary Alaskans.

 

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About the Author
Tom Waite Tom Waite is a retiring ecology professor. As an aspiring ecologist, he went AWOL annually to Alaska in search of extreme wildness. He found it. In WILD with Latitude, he shares unfiltered tales of his adventures. Waite is currently at work on a series of books on sustainability and rationality.

 

 

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