Alone Against the Arctic
by Dalton, Anthony
Two Alaskan journeys are depicted in this book. One is from 1897-98 when three officers from the U.S. cutter “Bear” set off from below the Arctic Circle with the goal of driving a herd of reindeer over 1,500 miles of frozen tundra and ice to where eight whaling ships lay stranded in ice, their crews on the verge of starvation. The second story is about Dalton’s near-fatal voyage in the summer of 1984, when he attempted a solo transit of the Northwest Passage in a small open boat.