Tracks

One Woman's Journey Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback

Author: Robyn Davidson

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 148045267X

Category: Travel

Page: 262

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The incredible true story of one woman’s solo adventure across the Australian outback, accompanied by her faithful dog and four unpredictable camels. I arrived in the Alice at five a.m. with a dog, six dollars and a small suitcase full of inappropriate clothes. . . . There are some moments in life that are like pivots around which your existence turns. For Robyn Davidson, one of these moments comes at age twenty-seven in Alice Springs, a dodgy town at the frontier of the vast Australian desert. Davidson is intent on walking the 1,700 miles of desolate landscape between Alice Springs and the Indian Ocean, a personal pilgrimage with her dog—and four camels. Tracks is the beautifully written, compelling true story of the author’s journey and the love/hate relationships she develops along the way: with the Red Centre of Australia; with aboriginal culture; with a handsome photographer; and especially with her lovable and cranky camels, Bub, Dookie, Goliath, and Zeleika. Adapted into a critically acclaimed film starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, Tracks is an unforgettable story that proves that anything is possible. Perfect for fans of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.

Tracks

Author: Robyn Davidson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408834871

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 6600

Now a major motion picture starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver 'I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back.' So begins Robyn Davidson's perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company. Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia's landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation. WITH A NEW POSTSCRIPT BY THE AUTHOR AND A STUNNING COLOUR PICTURE SECTION

Tracks

Author: Robyn Davidson

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780330368612

Category: Australia

Page: 254

View: 3370

The internationally acclaimed account of Robyn Davidson’s epic journey across seventeen thousand miles of Australian desert and bush with four camels and a dog. ‘A strong, salty fresh book by an original and individual young woman . . . This will rank among the best of the books of exploration and travel and, like them, is a record of self-discovery and self-proving’ Doris Lessing ‘As eccentric, undisciplined, flashily brilliant and pig-headed as its author . . . Ms Davidson is a born writer, her book deeply moving’ Daily Telegraph ‘An absorbing record of human endeavour and courage, a vivid picture of an extraordinary country by a perspective and sensitive observer, and the story of an inner journey, of “shedding burdens” ’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘It gets to the heart of landscape and solitude and becomes a venture to the interior of more than one dimension as its author approaches the hinterland of her own thorny psyche’ Observer

Tracks (Movie Tie-In Edition)

A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

Author: Robyn Davidson

Publisher: Vintage Books

ISBN: 9781101872451

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 270

View: 4149

The author recounts her almost two-thousand mile journey across Australia with nothing but a dog and some camels for company.

Desert Places

A Woman's Odyssey with the Wanderers of the Indian Desert

Author: Robyn Davidson

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 148046404X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 280

View: 9840

From the bestselling author of Tracks: A travel writer’s memoir of her year with the nomadic Rabari tribe on the border between Pakistan and India. India’s Thar Desert has been the home of the Rabari herders for thousands of years. In 1990, Australian Robyn Davidson, “as natural a travel writer as she is an adventurer,” spent a year with the Rabari, whose livelihood is increasingly endangered by India’s rapid development (The New Yorker). Enduring the daily hardships of life in the desert while immersed in the austere beauty of the arid landscape, Davidson subsisted on a diet of goat milk, roti, and parasite-infested water. She collided with India’s rigid caste system and cultural idiosyncrasies, confronted extreme sleep deprivation, and fought feelings of alienation amid the nation’s isolated rural peoples—finding both intense suffering and a renewed sense of beauty and belonging among the Rabari family. Rich with detail and honest in its depictions of cultural differences, Desert Places is an unforgettable story of fortitude in the face of struggle and an ode to the rapidly disappearing way of life of the herders of northwestern India. “Davidson will both disturb and exhilarate readers with the acuity of her observations, the sting of her wit, and the candor of her emotions” (Booklist).

From Alice to Ocean

Alone Across the Outback

Author: Robyn Davidson

Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 223

View: 2626

Excerpts from "Tracks" describe the author's 1700 mile journey by camel across the Australian outback

Walking the Gobi

A 1600-Mile Trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair

Author: Helen Thayer

Publisher: The Mountaineers Books

ISBN: 9781594851155

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

View: 6452

"This harrowing travelogue reads like a nail-biting adventure, sure to enthrall fans of Jon Krakauer and Bill Bryson." - Publishers Weekly

Miles From Nowhere

A Round-the-World Bicycle Adventure

Author: Barbara Savage

Publisher: The Mountaineers Books

ISBN: 1594853940

Category: Travel

Page: 340

View: 2605

* A well-loved, classic tale of adventure * Read this and you'll find yourself recommending it to friends again and again This is the story of Barbara and Larry Savage's sometimes dangerous, often zany, but ultimately rewarding 23,000 miles global bicycle odyssey, which took them through 25 countries in two years. Miles From Nowhere is an adventure not to be missed! Along the way, these near-neophyte cyclists encountered warm-hearted strangers eager to share food and shelter, bicycle-hating drivers who shoved them off the road, various wild animals (including a roof ape and an attack camel), sacred cows, rock-throwing Egyptians, overprotective Thai policeman, motherly New Zealanders, meteorological disasters, bodily indignities, and great personal joys. The stress of traveling together constantly for two years tested and ultimately strengthened the young couple's relationship. As their trip ends you'll find yourself yearning for Barbara and Larry to mount back up and keep pedaling. It's a story that makes you feel like you've grown right along with the author.

Inside Tracks

Robyn Davidson's Solo Journey Across the Outback

Author: Robyn Davidson,Rick Smolan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781742708829

Category: Australia

Page: 224

View: 6004

Inside Tracks is the retelling of Robyn Davidson's journey from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, seen through the eyes of world renowned photographer, Rick Smolan, and now reimagined in the major motion picture, Tracks. In the late 1970s Robyn Davidson undertook an epic adventure - to travel solo across the Australian outback from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, armed only with a few camels and her dog for company. Rick Smolan, a National Geographic photographer at the time, was employed to document Robyn's journey, by accompanying her along sections of her route, the result of which formed a long-lasting relationship between the two and a visually stunning account of one woman's dream of solitude, captured against the backdrop of the Australian outback. Inside Tracks is an ode to the Australian outback and Robyn's groundbreaking journey - a stunning coffee table book and reflection on our landscape in one. This unique story has now been turned into a major feature film featuring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver as the protagonists. Inside Tracks documents Robyn and photographer Rick Smolan's story and how her journey has resonated around the world. Featuring excerpts from the screenplay along with stills from the movie that show how closely the film mirrors the reality of the story, Inside Tracks is a must-have for lovers of Robyn's original book and the film alike. In addition, this book accompanies a unique photo recognition app' that plays scenes from the movie when placed over particular images in the book - a wonderful bonus for movie and tech' fans.

Bold Spirit

Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America

Author: Linda Lawrence Hunt

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307425061

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 6739

In 1896, a Norwegian immigrant and mother of eight children named Helga Estby was behind on taxes and the mortgage when she learned that a mysterious sponsor would pay $10,000 to a woman who walked across America. Hoping to win the wager and save her family’s farm, Helga and her teenaged daughter Clara, armed with little more than a compass, red-pepper spray, a revolver, and Clara’s curling iron, set out on foot from Eastern Washington. Their route would pass through 14 states, but they were not allowed to carry more than five dollars each. As they visited Indian reservations, Western boomtowns, remote ranches and local civic leaders, they confronted snowstorms, hunger, thieves and mountain lions with equal aplomb. Their treacherous and inspirational journey to New York challenged contemporary notions of femininity and captured the public imagination. But their trip had such devastating consequences that the Estby women's achievement was blanketed in silence until, nearly a century later, Linda Lawrence Hunt encountered their extraordinary story. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Travel: Australia

Author: iMinds

Publisher: iMinds Pty Ltd

ISBN: 1921746750

Category: Travel

Page: 13

View: 8425

Travelling Light

Author: Robyn Davidson

Publisher: ETT Imprint

ISBN: 192541681X

Category: Travel

Page: 114

View: 513

It'd been a long time since I claimed some solitude in this blessed landscape; since I've done without lifes little props. Here I have no friend, no dog, no radio, no clock, no phone, no roof, no body pollutants. The clackety-clack of the typewriter travels out into the valley and gets lost in expanses of forest and paperbark swamp. I'm the only soul around. For ten years Robyn Davidson has been travelling light. Across the desert, across America on a Harley-Davidson, or walking through the bush of ghosts by night. In these articles that make up Travelling Light, the bestselling author of Tracks takes us into wilds of many countries - as well as countries of the mind. 'A born writer.' - Daily Telegraph 'A perceptive and sensitive observer.' - Sydney Morning Herald

Journeys

An Anthology

Author: Robyn Davidson

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780330368636

Category: Authors

Page: 467

View: 1271

This anthology challenges what is defined as travel writing, as it is arranged as a journey, but not chronologically. It includes Flaubert in Egypt, Elizabeth David in the Mediterranean, and writers and discoverers such as Chekhov, Darwin, Doris Lessing, Tobias Wolff and V.S. Naipaul.

Ancestors

Author: Robyn Davidson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781476766904

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 1876

Wild by Nature

From Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot

Author: Sarah Marquis

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250081998

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 9749

One woman 10,000 miles on foot 6 countries 8 pairs of hiking boots 3,000 cups of tea 1,000 days and nights "The only way to survive three years of walking was to embrace the moment of now.”—from Wild by Nature Not since Cheryl Strayed gifted us with her adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail in her memoir, Wild, has there been such a powerful epic adventure by a woman alone. In Wild by Nature, National Geographic Explorer Sarah Marquis takes you on the trail of her ten-thousand-mile solo hike across the remote Gobi desert from Siberia to Thailand, at which point she was transported by boat to complete the hike at her favorite tree in Australia. Against nearly insurmountable odds and relying on hunting and her own wits, Sarah Marquis survived the Mafia, drug dealers, thieves on horseback who harassed her tent every night for weeks, temperatures from subzero to scorching, life-threatening wildlife, a dengue fever delirium in the Laos jungle, tropic ringworm in northern Thailand, dehydration, and a life-threatening abscess. This is an incredible story of adventure, human ingenuity, persistence, and resilience that shows firsthand what it is to adventure as a woman in the most dangerous of circumstance, what it is to be truly alone in the wild, and why someone would challenge themselves with an expedition others would call crazy. For Marquis, her story is about freedom, being alive and wild by nature.

Gorge

My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds

Author: Kara Richardson Whitely

Publisher: Seal Press (CA)

ISBN: 1580055591

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

View: 5866

Kara knew she could reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She had done it once before. That’s why, when she failed in a second attempt, it brought her so low. As she struggled with food addiction and looked for ways to cope with feelings of failure and shame, Kara's weight shot to more than 300 pounds. Deep in her personal gorge, Kara realized the only way out was up. She resolved to climb the mountain again—and this time, she would reach the summit without waiting for her plus-sized status to disappear. Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds is the raw story of Kara’s ascent from the depths of self-doubt to the top of the world. Her difficult but inspiring trek speaks to every woman who has struggled with her self-image or felt that food was controlling her life. Honest and unforgettable, Kara’s journey is one of intense passion, endurance, and self-acceptance. In Gorge, Kara shows that big women can do big things.

Woman in the Wilderness

Author: Miriam Lancewood

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781760633523

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 2321

An inspirational story of adventure and bravery, from a young woman living a primitive, nomadic life in the wilds of the South Island of New Zealand.

Canyon Solitude

A Woman's Solo River Journey Through Grand Canyon

Author: Patricia McCairen

Publisher: Seal Press (CA)

ISBN: 9781580050074

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 246

View: 4040

The author describes her experiences rafting down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon

Quarterly Essay 24 No Fixed Address

Nomads and the Fate of the Planet

Author: Robyn Davidson

Publisher: Black Inc.

ISBN: 1921825235

Category: Travel

Page: 108

View: 1112

After many thousands of years, the nomads are disappearing, swept away by modernity. Robyn Davidson has spent a good part of her life with nomadic cultures - in Australia, north-west India, Tibet and the Indian Himalayas - and she herself calls three countries home. In the last Quarterly Essay for 2006, she draws on her unique experience to delineate a vanishing way of life. In a time of environmental peril, Davidson argues that the nomadic way with nature offers valuable lessons. Cosmologies such as the Aboriginal Dreaming encode irreplaceable knowledge of the natural world, and nomadic cultures emphasise qualities of tolerance, adaptability and human interconnectedness. She also explores a notable paradox: that even as classical nomadism is disappearing, hypermobility has become the hallmark of modern life. For the privileged, there is an almost unrestricted freedom of movement and an ever-growing culture of transience and virtuality. No Fixed Address is a fascinating and moving essay, part lament, part evocation and part exhilarating speculative journey. "I watched him out of the corner of my eye. A man unused to sitting still, restless hands, darting eyes. Looking for water, feed, camping places, villages for food and medicine, thinking '... when will the cotton here be harvested, should we risk that jungle area ...' - calculating, observing, comparing, deducing, holding massive amounts of information in the head, juggling it around - the paradigm of human intelligence. This was what nomadism required - resilience, resourcefulness, versatility, flexibility." —Robyn Davidson, No Fixed Address

The Songlines

Author: Bruce Chatwin

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504038339

Category: Travel

Page: 293

View: 9004

International Bestseller: The famed travel writer and author of In Patagonia traverses Australia, exploring Aboriginal culture and song—and humanity’s origins. Long ago, the creators wandered Australia and sang the landscape into being, naming every rock, tree, and watering hole in the great desert. Those songs were passed down to the Aboriginals, and for centuries they have served not only as a shared heritage but as a living map. Sing the right song, and it can guide you across the desert. Lose the words, and you will die. Into this landscape steps Bruce Chatwin, the greatest travel writer of his generation, who comes to Australia to learn these songs. A born wanderer, whose lust for adventure has carried him to the farthest reaches of the globe, Chatwin is entranced by the cultural heritage of the Aboriginals. As he struggles to find the deepest meaning of these ancient, living songs, he is forced to embark on a much more difficult journey—through his own history—to reckon with the nature of language itself. Part travelogue, part memoir, part novel, The Songlines is one of Bruce Chatwin’s final—and most ambitious—works. From the author of the bestselling In Patagonia and On the Black Hill, a sweeping exploration of a landscape, a people, and one man’s history, it is the sort of book that changes the reader forever. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Bruce Chatwin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.