The Adventures of the Mountain Men: True Tales of Hunting, Trapping, Fighting, Adventure, and Survival

The Adventures of the Mountain Men: True Tales of Hunting, Trapping, Fighting, Adventure, and Survival


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The Adventures of the Mountain Men: True Tales of Hunting, Trapping, Fighting, Adventure, and Survival by Stephen Brennan

Incredible stories from those who thrived in the Wild West.

The “mountain men” were the hunters and trappers who fiercely strode the Rocky Mountains in the early to mid-1800s. They braved the elements in search of the skins of beavers and other wild animals, to sell or barter for goods. The lifestyle of the mountain men could be harsh, existing as they did among animals, and spending most of their days and nights living and camping out in the great unexplored wilds of the Rockies. Life outdoors presented many threats, not least among them Native Americans, who were hostile to the mountain men encroaching on the area for their own purposes. For a certain kind of pioneer, this risk and more were outweighed by the benefits of living free, without the restrictions and boundaries of “civilized” settlements.

Included in this collection are tales from great writers, including:

Washington Irving
Stanley Vestal
Osborne Russell
Francis Parkman Jr.
And many more!
In The Adventures of the Mountain Men , New York Times bestselling author Stephen Brennan has compiled many of the best stories about the mountain men—the most daring exploits, the death-defying chances taken to hunt big game, the clashes with the arrows of Native Americans, and also the moments when the men were struck by the incomparable beauty of the unsullied, majestic Rocky Mountains.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510719040
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 341,720
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Stephen Brennan is the author of the New York Time bestselling Outlaws and Peace Officers , coauthor of The Adventurous Boy’s Handbook and The Adventurous Girl’s Handbook , and editor of The Best Pirate Stories Ever Told and The Best Sailing Stories Ever Told. He has worked as a circus clown, teacher, cabaret artist, actor, director, shepherd, and playwright. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction by the Editor vii

Chapter I The Trappers W. F. Wagner 1

Chapter II Journal of a Voyage to the Rocky Mountains François Antoine Larocque 31

Chapter III Ten Days in the Mountains: With the Lewis and Clark Expedition Journals 70

Chapter IV Coulter's Run John Bradbury 85

Chapter V Bonneville in the Mountains: From The Adventures of Captain Bonneville Washington Irving 89

Chapter VI Stories of Jed Smith and the Ashley-Henry Men: From The Splendid Wayfaring: Jedediah Smith and the Ashley-Henry Men John G. Neihardt 110

Chapter VII Joe Meek: The Merry Mountain Man: From The Merry Mountain Alan Stanley Vestal 144

Chapter VIII Adventures of Zenas Leonard: From Narrative of the Adventures of Zenas Leonard Himself 162

Chapter IX Game and Inhabitants of the Northern Mountains: From Journal of a Trapper Osborne Russell 174

Chapter X Trouble in the Family of James P. Beckworth: From The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckworth Himself 195

Chapter XI A Mountain Hunt Francis Parkman Jr. 205

Chapter XII James "Jim" Bridger: From Biographical Sketch of James Bridger Grenville M. Dodge 229

Chapter XIII Following the Sheep: From The Life and Letters of John Muir William Frederic Badè 250

Appendix: Miscellaneous Iron Tools and Weapons that Went into the West: From Firearms, Traps, and Tools of the Mountain Men Carl P. Russell 264

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