An adventure canoeist who was sponsored by Ocean Signal for an epic 2000-mile journey across Alaska has launched a new book about the mission.
Writer Adam Weymouth paddled the treacherous Yukon river from Eagle to Emmonak in 2016 to investigate how the decline in King Salmon numbers is impacting the ecosystem, the fishing industry and the natives.
Supported by communication and safety at sea specialist Ocean Signal, the 34-year-old carried rescueME PLB1 personal locator beacons for himself and his companions. The devices ensured immediate access to vital 406 MHz technology which could communicate his location from the most remote regions to rescue authorities in an emergency.
Now, the book Kings of the Yukon captures the epic four-month voyage as Weymouth tackled storms, waves and the threat of bears.
Available from May 15th, it is described on the cover as: “A captivating, lyrical account of an epic voyage by canoe down the Yukon River. Setting out to explore one of the most ruggedly beautiful and remote regions of North America, Adam Weymouth journeyed by canoe on a four-month odyssey through this untrammelled wilderness, encountering the people who have lived there for generations. The Yukon’s inhabitants have long depended on the king salmon who each year migrate the entire river to reach their spawning grounds. Now the salmon numbers have dwindled, and the encroachment of the modern world has changed the way of life on the Yukon, perhaps for ever. Weymouth’s searing portraits of these people and landscapes offer an elegiac glimpse of a disappearing world. Kings of the Yukon is an extraordinary adventure, told by a powerful new voice.”
Ocean Signal products are trusted by high-profile sailors, rowers, surfers and powerboat racing team across the world and include 406 MHz beacons, AIS devices and electronic distress flares. Suitable for use on land or at sea, Ocean Signal’s rescueME PLB1 is the world’s smallest personal locator beacon and is specifically designed to be small and light enough to carry or attach to clothing for instant access to emergency services at the press of a button.
Kings of the Yukon can be pre-ordered at http://www.adamweymouth.com/kingsoftheyukon/.