How Heavy Is the Mountain

How Heavy Is the Mountain

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a€œHow Heavy Is The Mountain, a€ begins in 1986, as a young college graduate, Kris Westerberg, arrives in Ketchikan, Alaska for the first time. As a fresh recruit to an Alaskan touring company, he faces a summer of unknown adventure and, along with two of his companions from the a€œOutside, a€ gets to know southeast Alaska through his tour-guiding, excursions to sites of a€œlocal colora€ and the occasional fishing mishap. Kris returns for another summer of touring in 1987, this time to Skagway, Alaska, launching site of the Klondike Gold Rush. Here, Kris and his friends take up residence in a retired Gold Rush-era brothel and begin to dig deeply into the local experience, not only through touring but also via Slow-Bicycle Racing, sauna expeditions in the Dyea bush, Hot Red Onions and a backcountry trek over the historic Chilkoot Trail. In the summer of 1988, Kris is assigned as a guide out of Fairbanks, Alaska. He is quickly accepted into the fraternity of long-haul tour drivers as he begins to make the circuit among Fairbanks, Dawson City, Denali National Park and many other locales. Then, in the tiny hamlet of Tok, Alaska, he meets a very unlikely person: Genna, the woman of his dreams. Their ensuing romance takes them from midnight gardening to a Summer Solstice party, through a devastating forest fire and, ultimately, to a promise to spend an Alaskan winter together, in a remote cabin near Skagway. The winter of 1988-1989 tests Krisa€™ mettle in a wholly new way, as he and Genna explore the vagaries of living a€œamong the elementsa€ together. They manage to survive, and even thrive, despite indiscriminate icestorms, unheated Volkswagens and frosty outdoor priviesa€” with their relationship, and their sanity, more or less intact. And, as the springtime finally dawns, Kris begins to realize that, rather than being a€œjusta€ a tour guide, he is becoming a true Alaskan, in every sense. a€œHow Heavy Is The Mountaina€ is a palette of tones, styles and themes. At once it is erudite and offbeat, informative and entertaining. Within its pages a reader encounters narrative travel writing, miniature wildlife treatises, poetry, pointless drinking songs and highly personalized storytelling. Overall, the story is told with warmth, humor and an affection for its subjects: in particular, the great land that is Alaska.An Alaskan Tour Manual/Novel Tim Rundquist ... The a€œhistorical districta€ of Whitehorse was long and narrow, parallel to the Yukon River and sandwiched between two dusty-pickup dragstrips: ... fun whatsoevera€”he instead turned towards the No-Pop sandwich shop, the only self-admitted health-food eatery in all the Yukon.


Title:How Heavy Is the Mountain
Author: Tim Rundquist
Publisher:iUniverse - 2000-09-01
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