Jon Turk, left, and Erik Boomer during their circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island. Turk will speak at the Jesup Memorial Library on Nov. 8. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Adventurer Jon Turk to talk at Jesup

BAR HARBOR — Adventurer and author Jon Turk will talk about his latest book, “Crocodiles and Ice,” at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.

Turk and his partner, Erik Boomer, were the first people to circumnavigate Ellesmere Island, part of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Their 1,485-mile, 104-day trip, completed when he was 65, earned them the title of Top Ten Adventurers of 2012 by “National Geographic.” It also was awarded Expedition of the Year by “Canoe and Kayak Magazine” and was featured on the front page of the New York Times.



In the book, Turk not only recounts his many treks but also tells the story of his lifelong journey from suburban Connecticut into a passion for the wild. Henry Pollack, co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, wrote that in “Crocodiles and Ice,” “Jon Turk laments the separation from the natural world that has been imposed by the day-to-day realities of the modern urbanized world. He takes us on his personal journeys to Earth’s remote places where one becomes embedded in the natural world as experienced by our ancestors.”

Turk, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, wrote the first environmental science textbook in North America and continued as an environmental science writer for 40 years. He also has engaged in numerous extreme outdoor expeditions in the jungles and oceans of the Solomon Islands, on the Himalayan plateau and across the mountains of northern British Columbia. He has written three books chronicling his physical passages and the spiritual journey. When not out travelling, Turk divides his time between Fernie, B.C., and Darby, Mont. Visit

This talk is part of the Cadillac Mountain Sports Speaker Series. Books will be on sale that night courtesy of Sherman’s Books. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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