Journal of a Trapper: In the Rocky Mountains Between 1834

Journal of a Trapper: In the Rocky Mountains Between 1834

  • Paperback
  • 248 pages
  • Journal of a Trapper: In the Rocky Mountains Between 1834 and 1843
  • Osborne Russell
  • English
  • 05 August 2016
  • 9781589760523

10 thoughts on “Journal of a Trapper: In the Rocky Mountains Between 1834 and 1843

  1. Donna Donna says:

    This is four star for me but your mileage may vary Spelling and punctuation are not edited for flow but Russell's orthographic currents are far easier to navigate than the Lewis Clark Journals Still I like the journals of my explorers unvarnished This journal runs from 1834 to 1843 The Little Big Horn is still a river Russell is mainly trapping beaver What I love about this book is how closely it brings me into an unimaginable life It's all there Days of looking for places to trap hunting meat maintaining horses Not easy They break down and need to eat They get shot out from under you The journal is a masterpiece of this mix of dailiness then all of a sudden being face to face with a grizzly bear or crawling 2 days to the main camp because you took an arrow in the hip and can't walk Someone's looking for you too But you didn't lose the journal or the stub of pencil That Russell kept a journal says he knew he was somewhere special and that it was fleeting Trapping beaver in the Rockies didn't last very long Nor did much elseWe travelled up about 40 mls and arranged an encampment in a beautiful valley as the weather began to grow cold In the year 1836 large bands of Buffaloe could be seen in almost every little Valley on the small branches of this Stream at this time the only traces which could be seen of them were the scattered bones of those that had been killed Their trails which had been made in former years deeply indented in the earth were over grown with grass and weeds The trappers often remarked to each other as they rode over these lonely plains that it was time for the White man to leave the mountains as Beaver and game had nearly disappeared Russell is not a frustrating journal keeper He is a keen observer of landscape Indian life the oddities of Yellowstone and the perils of civilization Since all of my memories of Yellowstone are faded segments from 'The Wonderful World of Disney' replete with tourists pointing Brownies at Old Faithful loveable black bears and Air Streams; this detailed view is appreciatedIt would be natural for me to suppose that after escaping all the danger attendant for upon nearly nine years residence in a wild inhospitable region like the Rocky Mountains where I was daily and a great part of the time hourly anticipating danger from hostile Savages and other sources I should on arriving in a civilized and enlightened community live in comparative security free from the harassing intrigues of Dames Fortunes Eldest daughter but I found it was all a delusion for danger is not always the greatest when most apparent He settled in that place the Willamette Valley after the melancholy task of saying good bye to his trapping partner of many years who decided to make his way back to Vermont One of my favourite passages is his description of the Great Salt Lake from the top of a mountain but before I return to the sounds of Saturday's lawn mowers I'll go with this account of the dangers of the buffalo huntThe most general mode practiced by the Indians for killing Buffaloe is running upon horseback and shooting them with arrows but it reuires a degree of experience for both man ad horse to kill them in this manner with any degree of safety particularly in places where the ground is rocky and uneven The horse that is well trained for this purpose not only watches the ground over which he is running and avoids the holes ditches and rocks by shortening or extending his leaps but also the animal which he is pursuing in order to prevent being 'horned' when tis brot suddenly to bay which is done instantaneously and if the Buffaloe wheel to the right the horse passes as uick as thought to the left behind it and thereby avoids its horns but if the horse in close pursuit wheels on the same side with the Buffaloe he comes directly in contact with its horns and with one stroke the horses entrails are often torn out and his rider thrown headlong to the groundThis edition edited by Aubrey L Haines has biographical material excellent footnotes and maps tracing Russell's routes

  2. William Rabjohn William Rabjohn says:

    Osborne Russell's journal is a fascinating read The edition I read kept his original spelling and punctuation which made it difficult at times No paragraphs and no periods Often the reader enters the doldrums of the author's record keeping of navigation and geographic sightings as in I traveled ENE 9 miles to the Fork of Milk Creek and set 4 beaver traps but then there are surreal moments that are unbelievable if it was a work of fiction like being shot twice by arrows and dragging his body for 65 miles to the nearest fort and almost dying in the process only to get patched up and hunt for beaver 10 days later He faces grizzly bears the elements Indians and the weakness of other men I have traveled to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone NP and his minute descriptions fulfilled my fantasy of What did the first men think of when they saw this magnificent beauty? Despite his spelling he changed my view of mountain men from being brutes who would rather face the elements than be in society to men who were actually uite intelligent He uotes classical works and mentions that he read Shakespeare Bible commentaries Geology and Chemistry in the Fort's library He humbly submits a poem which is actually uite good when you consider he wrote in on a mountain top under elements that soft modern men would run from Also the edition I read had ample footnotes that transferred the names of mountains valleys and rivers to their current names and supplied additional information about these geographical locations He even has the foresight to predict the extinction of the Buffalo and other species because of the massive harvesting of them some 50 years before the US government sends Bill Cody Buffalo Bill out to the prairies to get rid of them This is a must read for anyone who loves Western history

  3. Tristan Tristan says:

    It's not a highly polished novel or memoir but does provide great first hand insight into the early days of white people being in The Rockies

  4. Bonnie Gardner Bonnie Gardner says:

    This book through journal entries tells the life of a trappermountain man in the Rocky Mountains Osbourne Russell tells of his experiences hunting elk buffalo deer and even shooting bears He traps beavers and shoots water fowl Among all these expeditions he has many encounters with Indians Some were friendly and welcomed him and his companions to their camp Some were not friendly they stole horses and supplies and once he was shot in the leg During his expeditions he travels through Wyoming Idaho Montana Utah and ends up in Oregon The descriptions of the land was very interesting for me because I grew up in Montana traveled extensively in Idaho Wyoming and Utah and so I could often recognize places that he was writing about Other times I was confused and had to consult a map to try to decipher where it was he was talking about He travels through Yellowstone Park and talks about geysers hot pots and what they called the hour spring a hot geyser that erupted every hour and shot 60 feet into the air I bet you can't guess what that is called today Oh one other reason I liked this book was that Mr Russell met up with and often traveled with Jim Bridger my favorite mountain man He is my favorite because of the many things he did and because I grew up in a small town named after him Bridger MontanaThe only drawbacks to this book is that it is printed in original form so no editing and that it is printed on full 8 12 x 11 in pages with no paragraphs or columns on the page for easier reading

  5. J.Istsfor Manity J.Istsfor Manity says:

    One of the rare books of this type that admits that the depredations inflicted by white men on the fauna of the west was a terrible mistake but it’s only one sentence toward the end of his time in the western lands — and he certainly had no compunctions about killing the numerous Indian people already there The main drawback of “journal” narratives is that in most cases they’re really not They’re just a uotidian accounting of events often laconic egNovember 1 — camped by the Powder River Eight inches of snow fell November 2These books still offer a look back at the exploration though it’s mostly extirpation of Indians beaver and bison of a previously pristine and changing landscape and that’s why they attract but too often it’s a look back in horror Nonetheless it doesn’t detract from Russell’s intrepidness and determination at making a life for himself at too great a cost I believe We can’t change history We can only hope not to repeat our terrible mistakes

  6. Patrick Murphy Patrick Murphy says:

    A true and amazing pictureFor those willing to be patient and those seeking a clear descriptoon of a mountain man's life in the Rocky Mountains of the early 1800s this story delivers I've learned from here not hollywood's version but the truth and vigor of those who journeyed into an unknown and dangerous landscape This is a journal written with elouence by the man who lived it Yes there are passages a bit thick with directions due south along the river for 15 miles to a fork flowing easterly through a canyon of high cliffs but there are also unfluffed reports of encounters with the tribes friendly and not with grizzly bears vast herds of buffalo elk and antelope and the material of the day to day doing of such an incredibal part of our history Highly recommended for those of us who wish we could have lived it and those who simply want to know the reality of the wilderness that became the United States

  7. David Welch David Welch says:

    This is a first hand journal of a Rocky Mountain fur trapper during the mountain men era 1820s 1840s For those looking for an adventurous read they'll find bits of it but will probably be disappointed Much of this book is a recounting of where and when the man moved in his uest for beaver pelts and fresh game But there are exciting events mixed in including battles with Indians and wild animals This book is best appreciated by students of history It's easy to hear this man speak in his writing it's what you'd expect from a man living moment to moment on the frontier It's not the romantic image we paint looking back but a blunt struggle for survival An interesting piece of history

  8. Dustin Dustin says:

    Interesting readI liked it for the most part but there were huge sections of just dates miles and directions with no real narrative It would probably be fulfilling with a map to follow The actual narrative accounts were fascinating and when he took the time to add his thoughts and impressions of the country his words jumped from the page Unfortunately those instances are few I would not recommend this to the casual reader but it may be worthwhile for those with a deep interest in 19th century woodsmanship trapping and Native American interaction

  9. Reg Brown Reg Brown says:

    I now know all the streams etc EtcEtcI thought I would be reading about the trials and escapades of a mountain man but what I got was a travel log of all the rivers and streams in the west I know to go west or north or south or east to find this stream or river or meadow but I still don't know much about the life of a mountain man This was supposedly written by an uneducated person from Boston I wish I could write as well as this uneducated Bostonian did

  10. Ravi Mikkelsen Ravi Mikkelsen says:

    Super interesting read of life in the Rocky Mountains during the 1830s and early 1840s A party came from the United States Wild to think that they weren't part of the US then and to read about the annual supply wagons coming from the States and buying a bit of coffee or sugar or a cotton shirt Most of what they wore were animal hides including their footwear The format is in the original journal entry style with little to no punctuation so that makes it difficult to track at parts but other than that it's a great read

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