[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]oga master, guide, and ecologist Dennis Eagan — arguably one of the most accomplished outdoor athletes-cum-yoga instructors in the U.S. — has posted the first chapter of his new book, “In the Wake of the Aleut,” online, in limited “preview” release. It’s currently downloadable free of charge.

Eagan, a lithe and youthful 61, describes his solo journey by sea kayak down an especially thuggish stretch of the southeastern Alaskan coast. A Class 5 whitewater boater, accomplished mountaineer, climber, and free diver, Eagan called on all of his training to accomplish the quest, which took him five years to piece together.

He stitches history, geography and anthropology into a kind of learning journey that gives us insight into the sights, sounds, and culture of the region.

In Eagan’s own words:

The tale offers a sea otter’s eye view of one of the most volatile and stunning shorelines in the world, a region where land, water, fire, and air come together and spin their alchemy amongst each other to produce some of our planet’s most impressive displays of earthquakes, tsunamis, explosive volcanism, and storms.

I hope to leave the reader with an appreciation for the earth as a living, breathing organism. And I can’t think of many other places on earth where Mother Nature flexes her geomorphic muscles more convincingly than the Gulf Coast of Alaska.

As lyrical as the tale reads, it’s not without a gripping plot line. We’re swept into the adventure through rip tides and unruly breakers, but with Eagan’s sure hands on both paddle and pen, we come away all the richer for having accompanied him on the journey.

Click here for the chapter: The Lost Coast.

Eagan studied yoga in Piedmont, California with yogi Rodney Yee. Now a master instructor himself, Eagan conducts workshops throughout the mountain west. He lives in the community of Coloma, California, with his wife, the award-winning visual artist, Andie Thrams.

Peruse this blog post — Yoga, A Sustainable Practice — and learn more Dennis’s wilderness-yoga programs on his website, Wild Yoga.