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PostPosted: October 5th, 2014, 8:57 pm 
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Some shameless self promotion but it's relevant to the CCR crowd.

My book, On Top of a Boulder: Notes from Tyrrell's Cairn is printed and ready for shipping.

If you would like a copy please send payment and your address.

I'm mailing out copies for $20 (includes shipping).

Feel free to pass along this info if you know anyone who would be interested in a copy.

I was unable to attach the book release notice so if you would like a copy please let me know and I'll send it by email.

Brian Johnston
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Beaconia Manitoba R0E 0B0 Canada

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PostPosted: October 6th, 2014, 4:59 pm 
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Sounds very interesting....can you tell us a bit more about it?

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PostPosted: October 6th, 2014, 6:10 pm 
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I tried copying and pasting from the pdf press release that Brian sent my way, but it pasted every single
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So I gave up on that. Likely Brian can do that with greater ease than I could.

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PostPosted: October 7th, 2014, 12:56 pm 
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Subject line: New book reveals subarctic cairn notes—penned by wilderness travellers.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2014. Beaconia, Manitoba

Contact Brian Johnston, 204-754-2121, Brian@JohnstonPursuits.ca

Visit http://www.JohnstonPursuits.ca for book cover, praise, and In the Media.

New book reveals subarctic cairn notes—penned by wilderness travellers.

Witness over a century of travellers’ thoughts captured on top of a massive boulder on an otherwise barren landscape.

Beaconia, Manitoba—By self-publishing On Top of a Boulder: Notes from Tyrrell’s Cairn longtime Arctic paddler Brian Johnston is helping to preserve a unique collection of notes that speak to the essence of far north wilderness canoe travel.

Johnston, a veteran far north paddler, traversed 1000 km eastward along the edge of the subarctic on route visiting Tyrrell’s Carey Lake boulder cairn on the Dubawnt River. There, Johnston found the cairn notes deteriorating. He decided to preserve and share them before the harsh environment eroded the historical record.

This is the Rirst substantial effort to preserve, protect, and publish these cairn notes. Johnston compiled the notes, together with transcriptions, and other relevant information, to form a nearly complete record. On Top of a Boulder: Notes from Tyrrell’s Cairn reveals the voices of those who visited the cairn and preserves their words for future generations. The intent of the project is to document and share the cairn notes.

For half a century, recreational paddlers have sought the rewards of the barrenlands. The Dubawnt River cairn is an old and a distinct cairn. This cairn is seldom visited and until now unrevealed. Dating back to 1893 when J.B. Tyrrell Rirst established the cairn, it is one of a few cairns with this length of accumulated history. The notes form a multilayered record of the echoes of history, including the ill-fated Art Moffat expedition.

It is “a wonderful little window on history and the lure of faraway places!” praised James Raffan, renowned author and Executive Director of the Canadian Canoe Museum.

The book is part of a larger project to protect and preserve the cairn notes. Johnston produced an all-weather version of the book that resides at the cairn site housed in a waterproof case. He acknowledges the support of Rite in the Rain for the all-weather paper and journal as well as Wilderness Supply Company for the protective waterproof case.

If you enjoy canoe travel or share a kinship with travellers in an unbounded land, then On Top of a Boulder: Notes from Tyrrell’s Cairn is a piece of history waiting your exploration.

To order your copy, please contact Brian Johnston, at Brian@JohnstonPursuits.ca, 1-204-482-2121 work, or 1-204-752-2651 home.

Read more at http://www.JohnstonPursuits.ca

Contact Brian Johnston, 204-754-2121, Brian@JohnstonPursuits.ca

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PostPosted: October 7th, 2014, 1:01 pm 
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Dave, let me know if there is anything else you wish to know.

Bryan, good idea to paste in the book release.

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PostPosted: October 19th, 2014, 1:19 pm 
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I received my copies of the book in the mail this week. I look forward to reading it!
Cheers & thanks,
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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2015, 12:52 pm 
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I finally got around to reading this last night. Thanks Brian, I look forward to seeing it in person one day, including the new & improved system.
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