The story of how one man decided to take his foot off the gas and barefoot in the frigid waters of Iceland is the subject of a new book by a Canadian author.
In Barefoot Adventures, which was published on Tuesday by the University of Toronto Press, a 30-year-old Canadian named Matthew Crouch was inspired by his love of sailing and found himself immersed in the Arctic wilderness.
The result is a narrative of a man who discovers what it means to be a part of nature and a human who learns to embrace and live off the land, he says.
Crouch describes himself as “a bit of a nomad” but also as an adventurer.
He started sailing in 2005 in a small boat on the Great Lakes when he was 23.
His first trip was to the remote and beautiful Alaskan town of Tofiq, where he took a month’s holiday with his family.
He says he was blown away by the pristine landscapes and amazing scenery he experienced while exploring.
He took his first lesson from a teacher at the local village.
But it was there that he decided to barefoot sail.
“When I started I didn’t know any other way to do it.
And it was like, ‘This is my life’,” he says, recounting the story of his journey in the book.
“I didn’t even know there was a book on it.
I was just doing it for fun.”
While the idea for the book started with a desire to share his story with others, Crouch has since become an advocate for barefoot travel, travelling barefoot to the Alaskas most remote villages, using his experience as an inspiration.
He has also worked as a volunteer with the Arctic Wildlife Foundation, and has become a full-time instructor at the Tofikis School of Life and Culture.
In an interview with New Scientist, Crouches son Andrew said that he is inspired by the way the young man sees life in the harsh, unpredictable Arctic.
“You just don’t see a lot of people barefoot, so it was exciting to see someone who was really willing to go out and explore, to be honest,” he said.
“It was really cool to see somebody who wasn’t afraid to take a chance, and to see a really strong, confident and fearless guy like Matthew.”
The young author is well-known for his books, including Barefoot Travels: Adventures in the North, which has sold more than 10 million copies.
He also published Barefoot, which went on to become a bestseller and won the 2010 National Book Award.
And he recently penned an autobiography, Barefoot in My Own Foot, which is being published this month by HarperCollins.
While Crouch says he has never done anything like this before, he hopes to do more barefoot adventures in the future.
He’s already travelled the globe and is considering doing it again.
“People are really into it.
They’re really into being out in nature and being adventurous, and I think that’s a really great thing,” he says of the growing interest in barefoot travelling.
“They see the outdoors as a place where they can be part of something bigger and bigger, and they can live off their own land.”
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