Fearless: One Woman, One Kayak, One Continent

Fearless: One Woman, One Kayak, One Continent

by Joe Glickman


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Like the instant classic The Last American Man, Fearless is the story of a remarkable individual who accepts no personal limits—including fear. Freya Hoffmeister, a forty-six-year-old former sky diver, gymnast, marksman, and Miss Germany contestant, left her twelve-year-old son behind to paddle alone and unsupported around Australia—a year-long adventure that virtually every expert guaranteed would get her killed. She planned not only to survive the 9,420-mile trip through huge, shark-infested seas, but to do it faster than the only other paddler who did it. As journalist and expert kayaker Joe Glickman details the voyage of this Teutonic force of nature, he captures interminable days on the water and nights camped out on deserted islands; hair-raising encounters with crocs and great white sharks; and the daring 300-mile open-ocean crossing that shaved three weeks off her trip. For 332 days Glickman followed Freya's journey on her blog—along with a far-flung audience of awestruck, even lovesick, groupies—as she took on one terrifying ordeal after the next. In the end, he says, "her vanity and pigheadedness paled next to her nearly superhuman ability to master fear and persevere."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762772872
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 01/24/2012
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joe Glickman is a recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing. His work has appeared in Outside, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker, Canoe & Kayak, and leading national newspapers. His books include To The Top and The Kayak Companion. He is a two-time member of the U.S. National Marathon Kayak Team.

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Fearless: One Woman, One Kayak, One Continent 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give this 5 stars if Freya could tell a better story. If it wasn't for Joe Glickman's humor this book wouldn't be worth reading. Freya is more in love with her image and her body than telling a story worth reading. Which is hard to believe of someone who relies on sponsors for these adventures. Once you past Freya's love of herself it is an interesting story that Glickman does a great job of telling.
kenno82 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Himself an experienced paddler, Glickman elevates this book from a dry day by day description of Freya's kayak around Australia to a more in-depth character study... and Freya makes an interesting subject. Unfortunately, as it's not a firsthand account of the circumnavigation, there is little information on the characters she met along the way. I plan to read Paul Caffyn's self-published book detailing his own circumnavigation. The comparison will be interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First things first; I'm not exactly the most objective reviewer, since I'm the author's brother. That said, you should know this is an unsolicited review, that I initiated after finishing Fearless in two big gulps (I'd read the first two chapters pre-publication, but only got my hands on the full book a few days ago and couldn't put it down.) I'm happy and proud to say Fearless is a great read, right up there among the best-ever "adventure/travel" books I've read, such as Endurance and Into Thin. And I'd be surprised if Fearless is not the best kayaking adventure book ever written. So what makes the book so good? Essentially two things: one, Freya's trip is truly an amazing physical accomplishment, whether male or female. And it may be one of the most impressive feats of physical endurance by any woman ever (I say that with some hesitancy as I'm no expert on female adventurers or athletes, but certainly I can't think of anything else that comes close. As one climber of Mount Everest notes in Fearless, climbing Everest is a walk in the park compared to circling Australia in a kayak). Of course I'd heard Joe talk about Freya's amazing trip many times, but the full impact of just how hard it was didn't hit me until I read this book. Even with all her skill and mental toughness, she's still very lucky to be alive. The second reason is Joe's skill as a writer. Now, as noted, I'm not an unbiased reader, so for some evidence I will point out that Joe has been published in the top outdoor magazines (such as Outside, National Geographic Travel, and Men's Journal) and he had a regular column in the New York Times. He's also the best storyteller I know personally, able to turn a everyday trip on the subway into a tale that has you laughing out loud. Okay, occasionally his subway stories fall flat, but none do in Fearless. A big reason it's tone perfect is that Joe is - to use a term he likes - a waterman. He has logged thousands of miles himself in the kayak, even paddling from Montana to New York one summer. That means not only that he understands Freya's difficulties better than just about anyone, he has a passion for her outing, and knows the history and lore of paddlers. Plus, he did tons of research to flesh out and add depth to sense of place and culture. In short, passion + first-rate writer + good material = great read. I could go on, but I'm concerned some readers will doubt my objectivity and boo me off the page. So I'll say this, discount my praise 10%, even 30% and you'll still have a book you won't want to put down. My only caveat is, as befitting a book about seafarers, be forewarned there is a decent amount of four letter words in Fearless. It's appropriate and typically delivered with good humor, but if you're sensitive to the f-bomb, you may not want to proceed. Otherwise, to quote Delmar after his baptism in O Brother Where Art Thou, "Come on in boys, the water is fine!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Write another one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A true story......."walk with me" please" i say ... "no i cant i would but u know y i cant" jay says" fine " i sy and start wlking home alone..when i get to my street i walk down to my house but my niebor was out and said hi.ancb.now i never told him my name and never said hi before ..i said hi and walked over to his yard ..he said would you like a present? No this m seemed nice and kind and was not bad looking at all he was about twenty.."umm sure" i said . He said ok follow me he opend the door for me and i walked inside . He closed and locked his front door..i looked at him confused ..he smiled back and said its in here. He leads me to the kitchn nd pushes me against the counter he lifts me up in his arms and sets me on the counter he looks at me and says ancb u are beautiful and ive wanted to do this for a long time.me being 16 thouht oh helll yes ..i nod little and he begins to kiss me he enters his tounge into my mouth and tastes every part of me he could he picks me up in his arms and walks me to his bed room he lays me on his bed and pulls his shirt off revaeling his tan hard abs...he says ok ill be right back he comes back with a conndom and says will u help me? I look up at him and smile i start to unbuckle his belt and slide his shorts down and then his boxers he opens th conddom and hands it to me .i slide it over his big hard throbbing co.ck i stand up and he smiles its your turn baby ..i look at him then pull my shirt off reaveling my brra which is covering my soft breassts i slide my shorts down reaveling my baby blue thonng he smiles and says wht a body i blush and slide my thonng down so he could see my already soaked pusssy he looks at me and says ohh yeah babaay i undo my brra from the front and let it drop reaveling my firm breassts .hr picks me up in his strong arms and sets me on his bed he sighs and starts to kiss from my mouth to my breaasts he takes one in his mouth and plays with the other with his fingers after giving each some attentiin he moves his hand down my smooth belly and down to my pu.ssy he slides his middle finger into my folds and rub the top with his thumb he slides his finger innnnn and oouuuut then he removes his finger sucks on it then moves his head down my body he licks my pusssy and sticks his tounge in and pleasures my tight pink wet pusssy..he comes up and kisses me a little more then slided his co.ck into my foldd and moving his hips up and down hard and gracefully...after 15 minites he rolls over and positions me to his co.ck i suk his co.vk slow and hard for a nice looong time he moans and cumms into my mouth i swallow as much as i c not wanting to waste a single drop...when we were finished he said u might wanna clean up nefore heading home and he let me use his shower after showering and waiting for my hair to dry he sits next to me and said u were amazing i smiled and said thanks he opend the door fr me and lead me out he kissed me once more then went inside whe i got home i went to my room d texted my friend jay he rrplyed and said r u ok sorry i couldt walk you home i told him im ok and nothing happend he said ok bc i cant walk you tommarow eithrr.........thank for reading names were changed for the saftey of th niebor and me ...if you wanna red more stories message me back.(;<3 A.N.C.B
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