Tales of the Mountain Men: Twenty Stories of Survival, Exploration, and Outdoor Craft

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Meet the fur-clad titans of the American frontier.
The mountain men were the trappers of the Rocky Mountain fur trade in the years following Lewis and Clark’s Expedition of 1804-1806. With their bold journeys peaking during the period of 1830-1840, they were the first white men to enter the vast wilderness reaches of the Rockies in search of beaver “plews,” as the skins were called. They feasted on abundant buffalo, elk, and other game while living the ultimate free-spirited ...

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Overview

Meet the fur-clad titans of the American frontier.
The mountain men were the trappers of the Rocky Mountain fur trade in the years following Lewis and Clark’s Expedition of 1804-1806. With their bold journeys peaking during the period of 1830-1840, they were the first white men to enter the vast wilderness reaches of the Rockies in search of beaver “plews,” as the skins were called. They feasted on abundant buffalo, elk, and other game while living the ultimate free-spirited wilderness life—and they often paid the ultimate price for their ventures under the arrows, tomahawks, and knives of those native Americans whose lands they had entered.

Tales of the Mountain Men gathers our nation’s finest mountain man writing into one riveting volume. Here you’ll find excerpts of nonfiction classics such as Bernard DeVoto’s Across the Wide Missouri, as well as selections from such acclaimed novels as A. B. Guthrie Jr.’s The Big Sky. Whether you’re an adventure junkie or a history buff, you’re going to love—and learn from—this amazing collection of long-forgotten lore.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592284238
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 223,306
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lamar Underwood has edited a number of anthologies for The Lyons Press, including The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told, Greatest Adventure Stories, Greatest War Stories, and Greatest Flying Stories. He also compiled The Quotable Soldier and is currently completing The Quotable Writer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Map xvi
Chapter 1. "A Much More Furious and Formidable Anamal": Lewis and Clark Encounter the Grizzly Bear From The Journals of Lewis and Clark 1
Chapter 2. "A Mountain Man, Wagh!" From Life in the Far West 14
Chapter 3. The Winter Lodge From Across the Wide Missouri 33
Chapter 4. Brownskins and Beaver: Trappers on the Stream From Carry the Wind 50
Chapter 5. Wah-to-Yah: A Mountain Man Tall Tale Classic From Wah-to-Yah and the Taos Trail 64
Chapter 6. Captured by the Blackfeet From Mountain Man 87
Chapter 7. Bighorns and Wind River Range From The Adventures of Captain Bonneville U.S.A. in the Rocky Mountains of the Far West 118
Chapter 8. "Buffler!" From The Big Sky 132
Chapter 9. Narrative of a Mountain Man From Narrative of the Adventures of Zenas Leonard, Written by Himself 143
Chapter 10. The Legend of Broken Hand From The Mountain Men 158
Chapter 11. Across the Shining Mountains From The Long Rifle 168
Chapter 12. Journal of a Trapper From Journal Of a Trapper 187
Chapter 13. Trail Blazer: Captain Jedediah Strong Smith From The Mountain Men 206
Chapter 14. Lord Grizzly: The Hugh Glass Ordeal From Lord Grizzly 220
Chapter 15. A Fur Trader's Narrative From Forty Years a Fur Trader On the Upper Missouri: The Personal Narrative of Charles Larpenteur 1833-1872 233
Chapter 16. On the Oregon Trail From The Oregon Trail 244
Chapter 17. Rendezvous and Farewell From The Big Sky 267
Glossary of Mountain Man Words and Expressions 295
Credits 299
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