Dangerous River: Adventure on the Nahanni Paperback – May 1 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
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)See all Product Description
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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 [...]
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.Read more ›
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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Dangerous River is an absolute gem of wilderness literature! If you enjoy tales of wilderness expeditions, this is a must have.Published 9 months ago by Steve S
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