Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage

Title : Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage
ISBN : 0771023952
Author : Brian Castner
Format : Hardcover
Language : English
Published : 20 Apr 2018, 11:39 PM
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Book Descriptions : In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie travelled the 1,125 miles of the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, only to confront impassable pack ice In 2016, the acclaimedmemoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie s route by canoe in a grueling journey and discovered the Passage he could not find Disappointment River is a dual In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie travelled the 1,125 miles of the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, only to confront impassable pack ice In 2016, the acclaimedmemoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie s route by canoe in a grueling journey and discovered the Passage he could not find Disappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that at once transports readers back to the heroic age of North American exploration and places them in a still rugged but increasingly fragile Arctic wilderness in the process of profound alteration by the dual forces of energy extraction and climate change Eleven years before Lewis and Clark, the Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie actually crossed the North American continent with a team of voyageurs and Native guides Before that he was the first to discover a route to the Arctic Ocean from the Great Lakes, along the river he named Disappointment because he believed he d failed in his mission to find a trade route to the riches of the East In fact he had he was just two plus centuries early In this book, Brian Castner not only retells the story of Mackenzie s epic voyages in vivid prose, he personally retraces his travels in an 1,125 mile canoe voyage down the river that bears his name, battling exhaustion, exposure, mosquitoes, white water rapids and the threat of bears He transports readers to a world rarely glimpsed in the media, of tar sands, thawing permafrost, remote Native villages and, at the end, a wide open Arctic Ocean that is quickly becoming a far northern Mississippi of barges and pipelines and oil money