Journal of a Trapper in the Rocky Mountains Between 1834 and 1843

By Osborne Russell

In 1830, 16-year-old Osborne Russell left his Maine farm and ran away to sea. He didn't love it. He ended up becoming a member of an excursion headed to Oregon when it comes to the Rocky Mountains. alongside the best way he got the talents beneficial for survival within the mountains. He additionally discovered the Snake language, hunted buffalo, and trapped beaver, hunted for new trails west, and saved a magazine that varieties the foundation of this vigorously actual e-book. The descriptions are so exact that modern readers are utilizing the booklet to retrace Russell's footsteps!

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And what shall I do with the stuff you have left in the back of? I advised him to provide them to the Blanket leader he then grew to become and left us slowly and unfortunately yet i'm good conscious Crow Indian can show nice sorrow for me and on the sametime be laying a plan to rob me or secretly take my lifestyles. After he had left us we travelled on towards the Mountain approximately 10 Mls. stopped killed a Cow and devour supper after which travelled until eventually approximately dead night whilst it being darkish and cloudy we stopped and kindled a fireplace with Sage and weeds which we collected approximately us and sat all the way down to stay up for sunlight. Sleep was once faraway from us our minds have been so absorbed within the reflections at the prior that few have been the phrases that handed between us in the course of the evening a short while when we stopped it began snowing very quickly and we have been obliged to hover over our little hearth to maintain it from being extinguished. The day at size seemed and we proceeded on our trip towards the mountain whereas it nonetheless persevered to snow as we started to ascend the Mountain the snow grew deeper and approximately midday was once as much as our knees. We travelled on till solar approximately an hour excessive and stopped at a few scrubby cedars and willows which grew round a Spring. After scraping away the snow we equipped a fireplace broke a few cedar boughs unfold them at the floor and laid down weary and hungry yet we had meat nough with us for supper. 3 folks Myself Allen and Greenberry173 were roughly inured to the hardships of a hunters existence yet our camp keeper John Corm couldn't appreciate the guy- 124 — OSBORNE RUSSELL ner during which he was once taken care of in a rustic that boasted quite a bit its freedom and independence and infrequently needed himself again at the Shamrock Shore. Myself and Allen had one blanket among us the others had a blanket each one. The wind blew chilly and the snow drifted alongside the forehead of the mountain round us after we arose within the morning our hearth had long past out the snow used to be three inches deep on our overlaying and it nonetheless saved snowing. Allen killed a black tailed Deer nearby and we concluded to prevent all day at this position Novr sixth solar rose transparent and we began up the mountain protecting at the ridges the place the wind had pushed off the snow and arrived on the most sensible approximately 10 oclk a. m. From this elevation shall we see the Wind river plains that have been dry and dusty while we have been in snow as much as the center. We killed a few sheep that have been in huge numbers approximately us Cooked the very best meat over a sluggish fireplace packed it on our backs and proceeded down the mountain South and slept on naked floor that evening Novr. seventh We arose and located ourselves a lot refreshed by way of our nights relaxation. We travelled approximately E all day ascending a gentle soft slope of kingdom which lies among Wind and Powder Rivers and stopped at evening at the divide the place we came across the snow approximately 2 inches deep and tough and the elements chilly and windy when now not a stick of wooden or a drop of water have been to be discovered inside 10 Mls people. We discovered a positioned washed out via the water within the Spring of the 12 months because the merely preserve shall we locate from the wind and digging clown the dry earth scattered a few branches of Sage upon it to lie upon.

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