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.
The Mountain Men: The Dramatic History And Lore Of The First Frontiersmen by George Laycock
Publisher: Lyons Press
To know how the West was really won, start with the exploits of these unsung mountain men who, like the legendary Jeremiah Johnson, were real buckskin survivalists. Preceded only by Lewis and Clark, beaver fur trappers roamed the river valleys and mountain ranges of the West, living on fish and game, fighting or trading with the Native Americans, and forever heading toward the untamed wilderness. In this story of rough, heroic men and their worlds, Laycock weaves historical facts and practical instruction with profiles of individual trappers, including harrowing escapes, feats of supreme courage and endurance, and sometimes violent encounters with grizzly bears and Native Americans.
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.
Cowboys, Mountain Men, and Grizzly Bears: Fifty Of The Grittiest Moments In The History Of The Wild West by Matthew P. Mayo
From the first bloody battles between mountain men and Indians to shootouts between famous gunslingers,Cowboys, Mountain Men, and Grizzly Bearscuts to the chase of what draws people to the history and literature of the Wild West. Matthew Mayo, noted author of Western novels, takes the fifty wildest episodes in the region’s history—including John Colter’s harrowing escape from the Blackfeet, Hugh Glass’s six-week crawl to civilization after a grizzly attack, Custer’s final moments, and John Wesley Powell’s treacherous run through the rapids of the Grand Canyon—and presents them in one unputdownable, action-packed volume.
Nala's World: One Man, His Rescue Cat, and a Bike Ride around the Globe by Dean Nicholson
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
The heartwarming true story of one man, his rescue cat, and their bike ride around the world, from the creator of the massively popular 1Bike1World Instagram. When 31-year-old Dean Nicholson set off to cycle around the world his aim was to learn as much as he could about our troubled planet. As he put it: "I wanted to see what state the world was in." But he hadn't bargained on the lessons he'd learn from the unlikely passenger who would eventually accompany him. Three months after leaving his home in Scotland, Dean was riding along a remote road on the mountainous border between Montenegro and Bosnia when he came across an abandoned kitten. At the time, he was recovering from a series of setbacks, including a self-inflicted knee injury, and had more than enough challenges to overcome. But there was something about the hopeful eyes and plaintive meowing of the bedraggled, little cat -- who seemed determine to follow him -- that he couldn't resist. Despite his doubts about his ability to care for a kitten, Dean scooped her up and unknowingly changed both their lives forever. Before long, he realized that he and the kitten, who he named Nala, were destined to walk -- or bike -- life's road together. Nala's World will tell the full story of a chance encounter that led to an incredible journey full of life lessons, transformative love, and encounters with the citizens of our world -- both human and animal.
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