Snowbound

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Into the untamed vastness of the Bitterroot mountains go three young New York men, their guide, and a camp cook. This is to be the adventure of a lifetime, but it is already September. Ahead of the hunters, as they make their way up the Lolo Trail, are the record snows of 1893 and a cruel, controversial decision. Snowbound is the true story of the Carlin party, whose ill luck and bad judgment drove decent men to an ethical dilemma that intrigued the nation and still can raise an argument wherever people rub ...
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Overview

Into the untamed vastness of the Bitterroot mountains go three young New York men, their guide, and a camp cook. This is to be the adventure of a lifetime, but it is already September. Ahead of the hunters, as they make their way up the Lolo Trail, are the record snows of 1893 and a cruel, controversial decision. Snowbound is the true story of the Carlin party, whose ill luck and bad judgment drove decent men to an ethical dilemma that intrigued the nation and still can raise an argument wherever people rub shoulders with wilderness.
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A detailed, well-paced re-creation of the Carlin hunting party fiasco of 1893 by Hamilton (This Bloody Deed, not reviewed).

By all portents, the winter season looked to arrive early and mean as a group of three New York gentlemen, plus two camp personnel, headed out from Kendrick, Idaho, for the Bitterroot Range, on the hunting trip of a lifetime. Also from the start, it was clear that camp cook George Colegate was in ill health. He claimed it was stomach cramps, but as the group pushed deeper into remote Idaho, his conditioned worsened, as did the weather and trail conditions. Culling from official military reports, diaries, a published book by one of the participants, and newspaper coverage, Hamilton imaginatively re-creates their days in the wild, centering the story on Colegate's final admission to his charges that he had knowingly left behind the catheters necessary to drain his prostate-enlarged bladder: They hurt him, and he thought he could make it unaided. Not so. The remaining guide urged retreat, but the sports continued until Colegate could no longer mount his horse, his kidneys now turning his body to a putrifying mass. The others cut and run, abandoning Colegate to his fate. They thrashed their way down the cruel, rapids-infested Lochsa River, freezing and starving, and were rescued at the eleventh hour. Back in civilization, they found a storm of criticism, not least from the Colegate family, who wondered why dad was left when a handful of men might have aided him—back when expedition mates looked out for one another.

No one emerges unscathed here, except Hamilton, whose yarn- spinning reconstruction is a pleasure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874221541
  • Publisher: Washington State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 833,015
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003

    What would YOU do???

    Decisions, decisions, decisions... We all have to live with our own. This story will have you second guessing all the way. The ultimate question/decision of 'what would you do?', makes this a good read. I live in Idaho and have heard both kinds of talk... 'leave the fool,' and, 'never leave someone alone to die.' A good question for all of us to contemplate.

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