Dolphin’s Tooth

A Decade in Search of Adventure (2005)

Stuck in an engineer’s cubicle, dutifully beginning the responsible adult life he was raised to undertake, Kirkby is tormented by doubts and boredom. In a fit of rebellion, he quits his job to bicycle the Karakoram Highway in northern Pakistan. He is twenty-two and absolutely clueless. Miraculously, hilariously, he survives — and discovers his life’s passion.

Over the next fifteen years, Kirkby navigates an evermore uncertain and uncommon path, honing his skills on some of the most challenging expeditions the world has to offer. Whether it’s gun fights and crocodile attacks while running Africa’s Blue Nile Gorge, the rescue of a fallen sherpa on Mount Everest, evading capture in Myanmar’s forbidden tropical paradise, or learning to embrace the wilderness on the Tatshenshini River of Canada’s Arctic, Kirkby shares with the reader the excitement, doubts, insights, and even the uncomfortable self-knowledge that a life lived on the edge brings.


5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, intriguing book! You’ll really enjoy it! Mar 12 2013
By office girl /outdoor lover – Published on
This is by far one of the most fascinating travel books I have ever read!! I highly recommend reading this to adventure/outdoor lovers as well as to anyone who has sat in their office and dreamed of doing more and seeing what else is really out there. Exciting stories, enlightening adventures and very hard to put down! My friends and family loved it too. The author is a thoughtful, interesting and unpretentious person with a clear view of the world. The kind of guy you’d like to travel with. He makes wonderful observations. Really draws you in and makes you feel as though you are joining him on his adventures. Really a great and insightful author.


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