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Dangerous River: Adventure on the Nahanni Paperback – May 1 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Boston Mills Press; 1 edition (May 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550463160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550463163
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,564,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In 1927, British-born writer and adventurer Patterson braved the Nahanni, "this strange river with the beautiful name," in rugged Northwest Canada, where he was prospecting for long-rumored gold, investigating the mysterious murders of an earlier party of prospectors and, above all, seeking excitement. He found no gold and didn't solve the mystery, but the journal of his yearlong battle with the dangerous river (and with temperatures that plummeted to 60 below zero) stands as a paragon of travel writing. Even readers who dislike getting their feet wet will be carried along by Patterson's dry wit, his neatly turned phrases ("Far above the river the topmost cliffs were lit with the wild, yellow light of the setting sun, but down by the water's edge there was only the puny flame of the evening fire") and his very British devotion to tea, which he downs by the bucketful. The book includes black-and-white photos from the original edition, long out of print, that hint at the eerie, ferocious beauty of the land.
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One of the 10 Best Adventure Paddling Books: '[Patterson's] marvelous tale of paddling, poling, and tracking the rapids in these vast and lonely canyons strikes deep within the soul of the canoeist.' (Cecil Kuhn Canoe and Kayak)

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I purchased Dangerous River: Adventure on the Nahanni to use as research for my suspense novel, The River, an exciting and terrifying techno-thriller that takes place on the Nahanni River.

I found Dangerous River to be invaluable to me, and after reading it, I yearn to travel to the Nahanni River to see this wonderful part of Canada. Some people refer to it as the Bermuda Triangle of Canada.

I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a true Canadian adventure. The photos take you back to a simpler life, and the author's humor and attention to detail are entertaining.

--Cheryl Kaye Tardif [...]
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I first read about the Nahanni when I was 21 yrs old and was gifted a coffee table book of the National Parks of Canada. The photos were stunning, and the write-up enticing. It was always on my bucket list, and when I was 45 years old, I finally booked a rafting trip down the Nahanni River. The guides had Dangerous River in their travel items, and I read it while rafting down the Nahanni. Both the trip and the book were awesome. Interestingly enough, little has changed on the Nahanni since the time of Patterson's book. The spring run-off often changes The Splits, and the guides said that each year they find new channels and old ones gone. There are no roads, you have to fly in. Virginia Falls has a Parks Canada presence, and because it is a UNESCO world heritage site, there are wooden boardwalks, wooden tent platforms, and outhouses are above ground level to protect the environment. Other than that, civilization ends. Once you leave the falls, it is pure wilderness. We had a bear in our camp the first night. Wildlife abounds all the way down the river. Dall sheep were spotted as we floated past a natural salt flat area where they congregate. Patterson's stories of the hardships and challenges were easy to imagine when you just rafted through white water or a particularly stunning part of the river earlier that day. Although we were going downriver, Patterson was going upriver, fighting that fast current all the way. Amazing. Recommend both the book and the trip.

PHOTO: Virginia Falls. Approx 1 mile from the base of the falls, and the entire area is wet with spray from the falls. Other than a wet slippery 1.68 km trail to the top of the falls, there is no civilization to be seen.
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This is a surprisingly well written book. It reads more like an adventure/travel book rather than a novel. Patterson's descriptive language really got me into the feel of what he was seeing. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book to transports them to another era and age of adventure. His description of the Nahanni River and surrounding area is very vivid.
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My second hand copy was delivered in excellent condition.
This book is a must-read for anyone considering tackling the Nahanni River. As you paddle down river consider that Patterson was going the other way!
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This is one of the few Canadian genuine adventure stories. A book that should be required reading for all junior high students. Problem is, so many would want to do it the river would be ruined.
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