Wild Success is an exciting journey into the world of extreme adventure explaining how the insights from elite adventurers can help leaders perform at their best. My co-author neuroscientist Amy Posey and I aspired to engage and inspire readers with stories from both the adventure and business worlds while providing concrete performance tips, based on current understandings in neuroscience, that will allow people to grow and thrive as leaders.
In this gripping first-hand account, four seasoned adventurers navigate a sophisticated, high-tech rowboat across the Northwest Passage. One of the “last firsts” remaining in the adventure world, this journey is only possible because of the dramatic impacts of global warming in the high Arctic, which provide an ironic opportunity to draw attention to the growing urgency of climate change.
Along the way, the team repeatedly face life-threatening danger from storms unparalleled in their ferocity and unpredictability and bears witness to unprecedented changes in the Arctic habitat and inhabitants, while weathering gale-force vitriol from climate change deniers who have taken to social media to attack them and undermine their efforts.
"What this modern saga of the Northwest Passage brings to light is the new image of the passage as canary in the coal mine. A warning sign of vast planetary changes - caused by us - and threatening our future." —Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands
"A compelling page-turner of an adventure story. Rowing the Northwest Passagegave me a greater appreciation of the Arctic wilderness—just not as a place of brutal beauty, but also as a crucial player in the Earth’s ecosystem." —Roz Savage, Guinness World Record-setting ocean rower
"Vallely transports the reader to places few will ever go: the very edges of the earth and of human endurance." —Evan Solomon, host of CTV's Question Period
"A thrilling adventure tale in which each hard mile not only reveals the strength of the human spirit but also hammers home the hard truths of climate change." —Cameron Dueck, author of The New Northwest Passage
"Combines a fantastic tale of adventure with an important message on the state of our environment. Vallely's writing keeps the reader engaged with beautiful descriptions of the people, landscapes and wildlife he encounters." —Colin Angus, author and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.
"A must-read for any Arctic or Northwest Passage enthusiast or for anyone concerned about our planet's future in the face of global warming." —Captain Kenneth K. Burton, Executive Director, Vancouver Maritime Museum
“Climate change is happening so rapidly in the Arctic that it is absolutely essential that people go there and intelligently record what they see, as Kevin Vallely so compellingly does in Rowing the Northwest Passage.” —Peter Wadhams, author of A Farewell to Ice
"A powerful call to action wrapped in a rich tale of adventure, history and the harsh reality of a changing climate." —Eric Solomon, Director, Arctic Connections at the Vancouver Aquarium