Crocodiles and Ice
A Journey into Deep WilD
Crocodiles and Ice is a scientist/adventurer's journey into a Consciousness Revolution based on a deep, reciprocal communication with the Earth. The book highlights my National Geographic award winning polar expedition circumnavigating Ellesmere Island, as well as other, lesser known passages. But, more critically, I tell the story of my lifelong journey from suburban Connecticut into a passion for Deep Wild, an ancient passage, repeated — in one form or another — countless times, and ignored just as often.
I invite my readers to listen to our Stone-Age ancestors, the poets of the '60s, a wolf that lingers, a Siberian shaman, a Chinese bicycle nomad, a lonely Tlingit warrior laying down to die in a storm, and the landscapes themselves. Because beyond the wondrous and seductive opulence of our oil-soaked, internet-crazed, consumer-oriented society, there lies a glorious and sustainable lifestyle that is based on Deep Wild as a foundation of solace, sanity, compassion, and hope.
I believe that this book will appeal to the broadest possible range of audiences, so I asked a Nobel-Prize winning scientist and an extreme alpinist to write my endorsements:
Table of Contents
Crocodiles and Ice is a memoir, a classic narrative where the central character (Me) takes a physical and emotional journey, struggling to find a sane and compassionate home in a world that initially doesn't make sense. And then it all makes sense. Because there is a path, or many paths, that make sense. The journey could take place anywhere: in a prison cell, or a vegetable garden. In my case, it takes place on a world stage, in prisons, oceans, mountains, and icefields.
Chapter 1: From a Prison in Jordan to the Jaws of a Crocodile
Chapter 2: Circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island: A Wolf that Lingers
This expedition was featured on the Front Page of the New York Times (Read the article)
Chapter 3: Bike Ride to the Dalai Lama’s Birthplace
Chapter 4: Long Ago Person Found: On a Glacier and in the City
First Paragraph of Crocodiles and Ice
"The iceberg drifted lazily in the current, surrounded by a phalanx of smaller floes and basketball-sized bergy bits, compressed into a daiquiri-thick slurry. Then, as if the Himalayan Mountains were rising from the sea, the iceberg slammed into the cliff, stalled, shuttered, cracked with a loud groan, and smeared vertically against solid rock.
Boomer and I were trapped."