Jill FredstonAvalanche expert Winner of National Outdoor Book Award
Themes• Nature / wilderness• Expanded possibilities on the frontier• Outdoor experience/ adventure / thrill seeking• Freedom• Heightened life experience• Exploration / contemplation/solitude• Testing/proving one’s physical endurance
Questions to Consider While Reading• When she was 17, the author’s grandmother’s last words to her were “ Don’t waste your life the way I’ve wasted mine.” This message resonated deeply with Fredston. – Does making a conscious effort to take time away from one’s mundane activities and responsibilities contribute to a “life well lived”?• In Chapter 2 she describes both her and Doug’s unlikely career trajectories, as well as their unlikely match, suggesting that Alaska’s frontier culture (she doesn’t use the term) makes such achievements and developments possible. – Do you think the north offers more opportunities to resourceful people and that it puts up fewer barriers than more “civilized” settings?• What lessons can we learn from taking the time to pay attention to nature?