© 1992 by Keith Iverson
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|Keith Iverson is a
20th-century Viking. Like his early Norwegian ancestors, he set out in
search adventure, but with no new lands to conquer, the battle he fought
were with himself, nature, and the madness of the modern world.
In Alaska Viking, Iverson recounts his breaking
away from big-city life and heading to Alaska in search of a dream.
His quest takes him to the remote fjord of Sadie Cove. There, in the
Alaskan "Bush", he stakes gold mines, stalks moose for his
winter meat supply, and kayaks perilous waters on routine trips to
town. Since making a living in the Bush presents a great challenge,
the "Mad Viking" devises some inventive strategies to
support himself. He creates "Mooseltoe" from moose poop (a
renewable Alaskan resource) and embarks on a National Mooseltoe
Campaign that wins him national media attention as an
"entremanure". His most satisfying venture is expanding his
home into a wilderness lodge and entertaining guests from around the
Iverson faces his most remarkable challenge when the Exxon
Valdez oil spill shatters his sanctuary and he enlists in the cleanup
effort, eventually becoming a field supervisor. This frontline battle
in the global environmental struggle leads to his personal commitment
to protect the land that he loves.
Alaska Viking chronicles all these
adventures in engaging detail and is a telling journey of self
discovery that shines with hard won insights born of physical
challenge, lost love, and the harsh demands of a wilderness life.