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PostPosted: December 25th, 2012, 4:47 pm 
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Winter is just beginning to tighten its grip. What better way to weather the cold, dark days of winter than to curl up with some great wilderness literature. Let's hear your top 5 picks. My top 5 (well, ok, 6 cause I had trouble narrowing it down) are, in no particular order...

- Sleeping Island, by P.G. Downes
- Reflections From The North Country, by Sigurd Olson
- The Lonely Land, by Sigurd Olson
- The Men Of The Last Frontier, by Grey Owl
- The Wilderness Life, by Calvin Rutstrum
- North To Cree Lake, by A.L. Karras

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PostPosted: December 25th, 2012, 6:21 pm 
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Dangerous River R.M. Patterson

Deep Waters James Raffan

Great Heart - the History of a Labrador Adventure

River of Doubt Candice Millard


Years ago a read a book written about a mother/daughter canoe trip up on the Peace River. The girls father was a bush pilot -divorced from the mother. The daughter later wrote her own book regarding her and her boyfriends experience living in a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness. I wish I knew the names of those books.


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PostPosted: December 25th, 2012, 7:00 pm 
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Ipaddle wrote:
Years ago a read a book written about a mother/daughter canoe trip up on the Peace River. The girls father was a bush pilot -divorced from the mother. The daughter later wrote her own book regarding her and her boyfriends experience living in a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness. I wish I knew the names of those books.



Google has changed the world.....

a search on: a mother/daughter canoe trip up on the Peace River

brings you this: http://www.amazon.com/Down-River-North- ... 0943127025

The ex also wrote some books and they even did one together

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss? ... Helmericks

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PostPosted: December 25th, 2012, 10:58 pm 
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1. Nastawgan, The Canadian North By Canoe & Snowshoe - edited by Bruce Hodgins/Margaret Hobbs

2. True North - Elliot Merrick

3. Dangerous River & Nahanni Journals - RM Patterson - they need to be read together!

4. Lands Forlorn: Story of an Expiition to Hearne's Coppermine River - George M Douglas

5. Great Heart - Davidson/Rugge

And for a different "wilderness" story of a more recent vintage - The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring - Richard Preston
A story about the tallest trees on earth and the people who search for them and climb them, finding whole ecosystems in the upper crowns layers. The books sections dealing with the trees and their ecology etc is great but the human stories are a bit soap operatic but still a fascinating read

So many books, such a small list 8) Cheers, happy reading.

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PostPosted: December 26th, 2012, 8:45 am 
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RM Patterson wrote some other areas that link to the Nahanni watershed. All of them form a cohesive group. The two not mentioned are

Trail to the Interior; (re the Stikine-Dease river and the Cassiar region)
Finlays River


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PostPosted: December 26th, 2012, 10:59 am 
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recped wrote:

Google has changed the world.....

a search on: a mother/daughter canoe trip up on the Peace River

brings you this: http://www.amazon.com/Down-River-North- ... 0943127025

The ex also wrote some books and they even did one together

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss? ... Helmericks


Thanks!


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PostPosted: December 26th, 2012, 2:34 pm 
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Here are some sugestions

Paradise below zero, Rutstrum (makes winter camping seem fun, though I know better!)
Desert Solitaire, Abbey, (not our wilderness, but a good read)
These three are very well written and thought provoking, though tragic:
Lure of the Labrador Wild
Death on the Barrens
Deep Waters, Raffan
For Kids:
Lost in the Barrens, Mowatt
Hatchet, Paulsen
Instructional:
Path of the Paddle by Mason
How to stay alive in the woods by Angier


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PostPosted: December 26th, 2012, 5:06 pm 
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Ipaddle wrote:


Years ago a read a book written about a mother/daughter canoe trip up on the Peace River. The girls father was a bush pilot -divorced from the mother. The daughter later wrote her own book regarding her and her boyfriends experience living in a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness. I wish I knew the names of those books.



The daughter changed her last name to "Aspen"... The book you are referring to is I believe, Called "Arctic Daughter" by Jean Aspen.... great read !!

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PostPosted: December 26th, 2012, 8:25 pm 
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Adding to the list in no particular order,

-To the Artic by Canoe 1819-1821 the journals and paintings of Robert Hood midshipman with Franklin - C. Stuart Houston
-Canoeing with the Cree- Eric Severied
-By Canoe and dog train - Egerton Ryerson Young
-Stories from Indian Wigwams and Northern Camp Fires - Egerton Ryerson Young
-The journals of Samuel Hearne

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PostPosted: December 27th, 2012, 9:04 pm 
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I'm not sure about #2, but #1 is Great Heart!

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Anyone else read "Land of Feast and Famine"? Excellent book.


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Hiker Neil wrote:
Anyone else read "Land of Feast and Famine"? Excellent book.

And its about?

I am reading "Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" currently. So far she is trying to pick up her overloaded backpack with 26 lbs of water.


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PostPosted: January 4th, 2013, 1:09 am 
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Hiker Neil -

I also enjoyed the “Land of Feast and Famine”, Helge Ingstad’s story of his years trapping and travelling southeast of Great Slave Lake. I would have enjoyed it even more if it included a decent map – it was difficult to understand (at least to me) the first canoe route he and his partner followed inland from Great Slave Lake to “Ingstad Creek”.

I have read that he “stole” the book’s title from John Hornby, who told George Douglas he intended to write up his northern experiences under that title after returning from his last Thelon trip - which of course he never did return from.

With his wife, Ingstad was also instrumental in documenting the Norse presence in Newfoundland. There are a couple of good short biographies of Ingstad on line – Google him.

At the very least, Ingstad is responsible for the continuing procession of Norwegian paddlers to the Snowdrift River area: that river is probably paddled more by Norwegians than Canadians. See for example:

http://www.ingstadcreek.net/28292228

(needs Google translate), and

http://sledtostark.wordpress.com/

in English.

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The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

While this is not a Canadian Wilderness book it is an excellent read. It paints a vivid picture of wilderness, history, desperation, life and death in the Russian Taiga.


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The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

While this is not a Canadian Wilderness book it is an excellent read. It paints a vivid picture of wilderness, history, desperation, life and death in the Russian Taiga.


and where in winter the natives/hunters read the White Book

How would we deal with a magnificent predator of this size in the Canadian north?

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