On the River with Lewis and Clark

On the River with Lewis and Clark

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On their remarkable journey across the North American continent, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's ""Corps of Discovery"" traveled almost ten thousand miles, about nine thousand of them on rivers - the Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri, Jefferson, Beaverhead, Clearwater, Snake, Columbia, and Yellowstone - or their associated forks, creeks, and tributaries. With an expert's eye, Verne Huser tells us what it was like to mount and carry out such an expedition. From the construction of the boats in 1803 to the negotiation of the last miles home three years later, the explorers were tied inextricably to the river systems that carried them west into uncharted territory and back again. From the Ohio River to the Columbia, they rowed, paddled, pulled, poled, sailed, and portaged their way into history - mapping, collecting, and recording a country's first glimpse of its Western wealth. Huser has canoed, rafted, or cruised much of the expedition's route. He brings to the famous story his knowledge of the ""ways of wind and water,"" giving readers a rare, first-hand look at the benefits and hazards of river travel as they might have been experienced by the thirty-three explorers - some boatmen, some not - on the river with Lewis and Clark.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 150 x 234 x 16mm | 399.16g
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • New
  • maps, 52 b&w photos, 4line drawings
  • 1585443441
  • 9781585443444

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." . . a trove of background knowledge, reference points and insight, from a veteran river man. Huser gives the odyssey a whole new dimension: Lewis and Clark had to be sailors as well as soldiers." "Verne Huser is a legendary western river man. Sandbars and sweepers, winds and rapids, thole pins and rudders, poling and portaging become real in Huser's skilled hands. Using his own river experience to interpret that of Lewis and Clark, he creates a compelling account of going with (or against!) the flow. This book is certain to be an important part of Lewis and Clark literature."--Roderick Nash, Professor Emeritus, University of California-Santa Barbara, and author, Wilderness of the American Mind and The Big Drops: Ten Legendary Rapids of the American West--Roderick Nash, Professor Emeritus, University of California-Santa Barbara, and a
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About Verne Huser

Verne Huser has been a river guide for more than forty years and is the author of seven books on rivers and river recreation, including Rivers of Texas (see p. 14 of this catalog), published by Texas A&M University Press in 2000. A retired English teacher who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Huser has also worked as an archivist, a national park ranger and naturalist, and an environmental mediator. He is a member of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.
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