Voyageur : Across the Rocky Mountains in a Birchbark Canoe. First British Printing in dustjacket

By: TWIGGER, Robert

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TWIGGER, Robert. Voyageur : Across the Rocky Mountains in a Birchbark Canoe. London : Weidenfeld & Nicolsn, (2006). Pp. (12),3-390, + 16 p. of plates . Endpaper Maps. 8vo, blue cloth, silver lettering to spine. "Fifteen yearsbefore Lewis and Clarke Scotsman Alexander Mackenzie, looking to open up a trade route, set out from Lake Athabasca in central Northern Canada in sea rch of the Pacific Ocean. Mackenzie travelled by bark canoe and had a cacheof rum and a crew of Canadian voyageurs, hard-living backwoodsmen, for com pany. Two centuries later, in a spirit of organic authenticity, Robert Twigger follows in Mackenzie's wake. He too travels the traditional way, havingpainstakingly built a canoe from birchbark sewn together with pine roots, and assembled a crew made up of fellow travelers, ex-tree-planters and a former sailor from the US Navy. After the ice has melted, Twigger and his crew of wandering spirits finally nose out into the Athabasca River ... Three Years ...two thousand miles ...over one thousand painfully towing the canoeagainst the current ...several had tried before them but they were the fir st people to successfully complete Mackenzie's diabolical route over the Rockies in a birchbark canoe since 1793. Subsisting on a diet of porridge, elk and jackfish, supplemented with whisky and a bag of grass for the treeplanters, and with an Indian medicine charm bestowed by the Cree People of FoxLake, the voyageurs embark on an epic road trip by canoe ...a journey to t he remotest parts of the wilderness, through Native American reservations, over mountains, through rapids and across lakes, meeting descendants of Mackenzie and unhinged Canadian trappers, running out of food, getting lost and miraculously found again, disfigured for life (the ex-sailor loses his thumb), bears brown and black, docile and grizzly. Voyageur is a moving tale of contrasts from the bleak industrial backwaters of Canada to the desolatewonder of the Rocky Mountains." (from the dj). Contents : Part One : First Attempt. 1. Pitt Rivers Dreaming. 2. Square Peg ina Round Hole. 3 The Brid ge to Nowhere. 4. An Ignoble Departure. 5. The Last Bark. 6. Desolation Point. 7. Anthrax with Everything. 8. The Fourth Man. Part Two : Second Attempt. 1. Dragonfly. 2. Theres a Hole in My Boat. 3. Mud in the Blood. 4. A Sound ofDrums. 5. Because the Elders Say So. 6. Portage from Hell. 7. Room 101. 8. The Break-up. 9. Dave's Arrest Part Three : Third Attempt. 1. Never Again. 2. A Hero ofOur Time. 3. Gun Crazy. 4. Steve's Thumb. 5. The Back Door. 6. Mr Hodges Has a Point. 7. The Worlds Biggest Log Crusher. 8. Queens ofEngland. 9. Top of the Word. 10. Bad River. 11. Down the Fraser without a Paddle. 12. Joe Alone. 13. International Haarvesters. 14. To Stinking Lake.Epilogue. Gift inscription, else very good in price-clipped dustjacket. 16 .00

Title: Voyageur : Across the Rocky Mountains in a Birchbark Canoe. First British Printing in dustjacket

Author Name: TWIGGER, Robert

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Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2006, ISBN:0297829815:

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