Publisher: W. T. Hamilton
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In writing this book the author had only one end in view, that of relating in a simple way his experiences as a mountaineer. In these days, when such experiences are fast becoming a thing of the past, the story is of special interest.
Beyond the Old Frontier: Adventures of Indian-Fighters, Hunters, and Fur-Traders
One of the first commercial adventurers to the Columbia River and one of the first men engaged by John Jacob Astor for his far western fur trading expeditions was Alexander Ross a Scotchman who came to Canada in early life spent more than forty four years in the fur trade and finally died in the Red River settlement in 1856 Unlike most fur traders he had the energy and the interest in the later years of his life to set down an account of what he had seen and done during those early years of anxiety hard work and success His story is not an arm chair narrative derived from hearsay tales but the result of practical experience on the spot During most of the time while engaged in trading with the savage tribes west of the Rocky Mountains he was a leader and the success or failure of his expeditions often the lives of his men and himself depended on what he thought did and said He was a man of high courage unfailing energy and close observation His was serious work yet he possessed some sense of humor which however he allows to appear only now and then in his books As a close observer stationed in the midst of things and admirably acquainted with conditions he saw the blunders made by Mr Astor and criticised them freely yet he was always loyal to his chief and speaks with apparent contempt of those other men of the north hired by Mr Astor for their great experience in the fur trade who when the War of 1812 broke out and the Northwesters descended on Astoria seemed glad to desert their employer and to renew their allegiance to the company that they had left for Astor s higher pay and greater privileges
Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters
A rare inside look at the thrilling world of smokejumpers the airborne firefighters who parachute into the most remote and rugged areas of the United States confronting the growing threat of nature s blazes Forest and wildland fires are growing larger more numerous and deadlier every year record drought conditions decades of forestry mismanagement and the increasing encroachment of residential housing into the wilderness have combined to create a powder keg that threatens millions of acres and thousands of lives every year One select group of men and women are part of America s front line defense smokejumpers The smokejumper program operates through both the U S Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management Though they are tremendously skilled and only highly experienced and able wildland firefighters are accepted into the training program being a smokejumper remains an art that can only be learned on the job Forest fires often behave in unpredictable ways spreading almost instantaneously shooting downhill behind a stiff tailwind or even flowing like a liquid In this extraordinarily rare memoir by an active duty jumper Jason Ramos takes readers into his exhilarating and dangerous world explores smokejumping s remarkable history and explains why their services are more essential than ever before