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  • Journal of a Trapper

  • Nine Years in the Rocky Mountains, 1834-1843
  • By: Osborne Russell
  • Narrated by: John Lescault
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Journal of a Trapper

By: Osborne Russell
Narrated by: John Lescault
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Summary

In 1834, Osborne Russell joined an expedition from Boston, which proceeded to the Rocky Mountains to capitalize on the lucrative salmon and fur trade. Beginning at the age of 20, he detailed the life of a trapper in his journal and recorded his adventures through treacherous terrain, encounters with dangerous wildlife, and confrontations with the natives of the Rockies.

Osbourne would remain there - hunting, trapping, and living off the land - for the next nine years. Journal of a Trapper is his remarkable account as he developed into an experienced trapper and a seasoned mountain man of the Rockies.

Public Domain (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Ken Pearson
  • 23-09-20

early primary source of Rocky Mountain History

book was fantastic and I recommend it to anybody who has a little bit of background knowledge about the rocky mountain region. If you're a history buff, you'll really appreciate the primary health survey Shins Native Americans and the game in the Rocky Mountain area in 1830s.

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  • bbofss
  • 21-07-20

enjoyable.

It was pleasant to listen to the daily journal entries of an astute student of the mountains.

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  • Scott
  • 31-03-20

good reading 👍

GREAT story about real life in the good old days when men were men! Thanks 😊🇺🇸

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  • marde
  • 07-02-21

Very accurate, I grew up in this region 👍👍

Although it's not a novel it's well written and the vocabulary is suited for the subject. I grew up and hiked in these locations in the '80s. they have changed immensely since then but much of it was unspoiled when I explored this region. This man lived a miraculous life given all the hazards and near death experiences he had. What a real treasure historically. Good lesson in preservation and how it can be lost so quickly. We can learn many things from this account. my pioneer heritage settled just 20 years after this in the same area. Fort Hall still exists as does the bannock tribe. There is now a reservation in this exact location. I would surmise that the land and fort we're returned to the original
inhabitents due to their good relationships with local leaders.

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  • Fish4Fun
  • 26-10-20

Dry and boring

A day after day account of a trapper's life in abbreviated diary writings was most boring and unintersting as much detail is left out of the writings.

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  • texado
  • 14-09-20

shockingly good

I listened to this book as a filler because I only had a few hours to listen. This book is really interesting.

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  • Deborah Campbell
  • 19-11-19

very enjoyable

Good book, very entertaining and informative. The narrator done a fantastic job. I would definitely recommend if you like history.

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  • Bennett Manley
  • 27-01-23

Great recounting

Great recounting of our history and the era of the mountain men, the trapper and the trail breakers.

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  • Utente anonimo
  • 28-12-22

Journal of a trapper.

Appears to be a fair and accurate account of the life of a fur trader in the 1830s and 40s. A bit dry and lack of detail however it does present an interesting account of that time. In the Rockies.

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  • van
  • 28-12-22

Must Reading To Understand American History

To understand the implementation of Manifest Destiny this and similar works must be read- Journals are a great resource,