The Dangerous River: Adventure on the Nahanni

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TouchWood Editions, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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'A truly enchanting book.'-"The New Yorker" 'The excitement, anxiety and hardships are slipped naturally into a story which conjures up pictures with the effortlessness of good and restrained writing.'-"The Times," London Written with Patterson's characteristic sharp wit and observation, "The Dangerous River" chronicles the year he spent battling the frigid temperatures and wild waters along the Nahanni in 1927. Patterson originally traveled to Canada's Northwest Territories with hopes of finding gold in the river and clues to the mysterious murder of a prospector. Instead, he fell in love with the landscape and through his meticulously recorded journals and hauntingly beautiful photographs he introduced the now-famous Nahanni River to the world. Included in this printing are Patterson's own black-and-white photographs, including the first photos to be taken of the falls of the Nahanni.
 

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Contents

The Legend
1
South Nahanni River
21
The Trail South
81
Deadmens Valley
156
Fall of the Leaf
157
Winter Trails
205
Awakening of the River
265
Afterword
287
Epilogue by Janet Patterson Blanchet
288
Appendix
290
Biographical Notes
291
Endnotes
293
Glossary
295
Index
298
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About the author (2009)

R.M. Patterson (1898-1984) moved to Canada when he realized that working in a London bank would never bring him happiness. He spent the remaining years of his life pursuing adventure in the Canadian West and was a delightfully evocative writer and an intrepid explorer. Authoring a total of five books about his excursions into the Canadian wilderness and his life on a southern Alberta ranch, Raymond Murray Patterson earned himself legions of fans and made Canada's wilderness famous. TouchWood Editions is proud to be keeping his works in print.The Buffalo Head: 978-1-894898-16-4 / $19.95 pbFar Pastures: 978-1-894898-15-7 / $19.95 pbFinlay's River: 978-1-894898-38-6 / $19.95 pbThose Earlier Hills: 978-1-894898-67-6 / $24.95 clTrail to the Interior: 978-1-894898-50-8 / $19.95 pb

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