High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada.
Interest: general mountaineering/ hiking/ backpacking/ skiing/ kayaking
Another very good account of human verve, is a book called "The Ladies, The Gwich'in, and the Rat", by Clara Vyvyan. I think it might be out of print, but your local library or museum might have a copy.
It's about two "English Ladies" that spin the globe and where their finger stops the rotation is where they go. It's a story of their travels on the Athabasca, Mackenzie, Rat, Porcupine and Yukon Rivers in 1926.
These are two tough birds, that could take more canoe lining, bad weather, mosquito & black fly infestation and general hardship than most all of us. Still, they would get in grips of anger over one making a disparaging comment over the other's hat.
Anyhow, a great read about wilderness travel.