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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
  • 23-09-2020

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
  • 21-07-2020

enjoyable.

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

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  • East Idaho Amazon2019
  • 26-12-2019

Wow! SO SO interesting!

I downloaded this for a driving trip not knowing anything about it or the author. Both my husband and I absolutely loved it. It held our interest and was fascinating to learn about Russell’s lifestyle and the tribes and the geography. He describes Yellowstone and the surrounding area when it was just some hot pools in the middle of wilderness. My husband wants to order a hard copy to read it again and I definitely want to listen again. A fantastic book!!!

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  • Scott
  • 31-03-2020

good reading 👍

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

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  • Fish4Fun
  • 26-10-2020

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
  • 14-09-2020

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
  • 19-11-2019

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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  • Jacob G.
  • 14-03-2021

Feels Authentic

Loved the book and the reader did a great job. I appreciated it being read as a journal. Covering both the mundane days, mixed with the days of excitement and detail.

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  • marde
  • 07-02-2021

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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  • Russell
  • 05-02-2021

A glimpse into the past

While not the most animated storytelling it’s read to satisfaction for this is an account of a trapper from his journal. Russell starts off as a novice as by the end is a seasoned hunter and trapper. It was so interesting to get a view of the pre-American west from the eyes of someone who traveled amongst it, recounting tales of time spent hunting grizzlies, trapping beaver, lodging with many different Indians, etc.

There are stories of skirmishes with the natives as well as instances of great human bonding between cultures. Basically a great listen for those interested in the life of a man in the Wild West in his own words. It’s time travel at its best.

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