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Grass Beyond the Mountains: Discovering the Last Great Cattle Frontier on the North American Continent

4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  138 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
The first in a trilogy, "Grass Beyond the Mountains" is a story of discovery and endurance on North America's western frontier by three good old-fashioned cowboys.

With laconic cowboy humor and the ease of a born writer, Richmond Hobson describes the life-and-death escapades, the funny and tragic incidents peopled with extraordinary frontier characters, in a true adventure
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 1978 by McClelland & Stewart (first published January 1st 1972)
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Feb 27, 2008 Raelene rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was in elementary school. The author is actually a native of my hometown (yes, remote, tiny little Vanderhoof). Of course, I was fascinated. And I read the word obsolete for the first time. Gosh, I've got great memories associated with this book. His Rim Rock ranch is actually 'just down the road' from ours. Ok, by down the road I mean at least 20 miles, but it's pretty well just down the road to us. All of this combined to make it a delicious read for a fifth grader. I'm look ...more
This book should be included among wilderness classics like "Three Against the Wilderness" and "Crusoe of Lonesome Lake". Definitely *way out there* when it comes to remote locations. Rich and his buddy Pan are and have that distinctly brash American attitude, however - not that it's a bad thing, it's just not Canadian. I was amazed by how many Americans were in the Chilcotin area at this time - they certainly prove to have an eye for enterprise. The description of the landscape and the struggle ...more
May 05, 2014 Elinor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pioneer-memoirs
This was a surprisingly good book, a cowboy memoir, if there is such a genre, written by a young guy from Wyoming named Richmond "Rich" Hobson who heads up to northern British Columbia with his buddy, Panhandle "Pan" Phillips in 1934. The two young cowhands were in search of new, unexplored cattle country, and they found it, four million acres. They had some absolutely hair-raising adventures, which the author writes about in such a colourful way it is hard to believe he isn't a professional wri ...more
Bridget McEwan
Mar 03, 2016 Bridget McEwan rated it it was amazing
An all-time childhood favourite
Bill Brewer
Aug 04, 2015 Bill Brewer rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bill by: Frank
Mention the 1930s to an American and they will quickly think of the depression, food lines, unemployment, dust storms of the Midwest, Civilian Conservation Corp, etc. At that time a different kind of living was going on to our north in the interior of British Columbia. This book is about a couple of American expatriates, one of whom had lost his job in real estate renting apartments in New York city, who chose to lay claim to a vast section of the interior of British Columbia for the purpose of ...more
Dec 28, 2014 Allen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian-history
I am always iffy about ranch histories written in the first person. They are usually honest tales written by honest men who handle cattle better than they handle the pen. However, Rich Hobson is a natural born story teller and he had a story to tell that puts Western fiction to shame. It is funny, scary, spellbinding and impossible to put down. It is also true.

Rich Hobson and Panhandle Phillips, both in mid-twenties, left Wyoming in the fall of 1934 for the northern Chilcotin area of BC to find
Gerry Burnie
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A true Canadian story that proves once and for all time that Canada has a history equal to any in the world for colour, drama and interest.

5.00 bees

Considering that my next novel is partially set in the same district of British Columbia as Grass Beyond the Mountains: Discovering the Last Great Cattle Frontier on the North American Continent , by Richmond P. Hobson Jr. [McClelland & Stewart, 1978], I can hardly believe I hadn’t found it until now.

In my own story (base
Nov 08, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
I was introduced to this story through the tv program 'Nothing Too Good For A Cowboy', which I greatly enjoyed. So, when I learned that it was originally a book, I knew that I had to read it! It's a wonderful story which gives one a great appreciation for the courage, daring, and endurance of those who blazed the trail through British Columbia's back country. I also liked catching a glimpse of my province in those times- a place that is recognizable, yet foreign at the same time.

My dad told me
Jan 01, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2105-challenge
I love this book and am looking forward to reading the rest of them. It is written with humor and truth, the stories held in the book are heart touching and sometimes hair raising. True stories about the cowboys and horses that opened up some of Canada's best cattle country.
greg colter
like the history & horse stories
Feb 07, 2008 patricia rated it it was amazing
great non fiction book. adventures of two wyoming cowboys who wanted to travel to northern british columbia looking for the green grass valleys to begin a frontier cattle ranch. tells of their incredible trip through extreme weather and terrain. the wonderfullness of neighbors and the closeness of community even though many miles separated the homes. the cowboyse, rich and pan were successful and eventually founded a frontier cattle ranch of over a million aces, the largest in north america. exc ...more
Tammy Lee
Feb 11, 2013 Tammy Lee rated it liked it
Shelves: canadiana
An interesting, true story of two cowboys setting out to carve out a ranch in the then-remote interior Backwater area of BC in the 1930's. The descriptions of the landscapes and the struggles they endured in this difficult life of cattle ranching leaves me appreciating the gumption and hard work of those who settled the area. I have a hard time imagining 200 miles to Quesnel on horseback! The story has given me insight to a hard and unknown way of life, from my modern perspective!
True story set in the 1930's of two cowboys who move from Wyoming to upper British Columbia to find new areas for homesteading and cattle ranching. It is a bit homespun and gee whiz and anecdotal, but amazing that this was life in the mid 1930's - it reads like 1885. Authentic feel of the isolation and self reliance required.

Recommended by Neal Hedges.
J.e. Bowles
Jul 06, 2014 J.e. Bowles rated it really liked it
A relatively modern cowboy story. I liked how the horses and animals are as much of the story as the human characters. It was a quick read that kept me interested. It was a little anti climatic in the way it ended but still didn't leave me wanting to read the other books by this author.
Oct 06, 2009 Irene rated it it was amazing
This remote Ranch in the Blackwater Area of BC, ia a true story near Vanderhoof, BC - Hobson and Panhandle Phillips were real people, trying to build the largest Cattle Ranch in the world. Just sold for 4.5 million dollars to some Germans. According to Wings Over Canada, John Lovelace
Marjorie Campbell
May 30, 2010 Marjorie Campbell rated it really liked it
I learned more than I every wanted to know about driving cattle and the male frontier spirit which, really, results in risk taking that's insane. But this is an exciting read - and took me to a world globe ASAP to locate the terraine that makes this memoir so compelling.
Apr 30, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
Since about ten or twelve years old this remains one of my most inspiring books. Coming from South Texas ranching families, I so wanted to do something exactly like this...but born too late. And also would not probably have adapted to the cold!!!
Mar 27, 2015 Marsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marsha by: Jay McGough
Shelves: memoir, favorites
Wonderful story about ranching in B.C. interior c. 1930s Also by Author...Rancher takes a Wife ...and Nothing Too Good For a Cowboy -- Excellent
Liz Colter
Oct 29, 2015 Liz Colter rated it really liked it
An amazing true tale of cattle ranchers settling in the unmapped vastness of Canada. So glad to have re-discovered this book.
Dec 07, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: survival, memoir
awesome book. For some reason it is awkward to read aloud. The words just don't flow.
But is it ever a terrific story!
Chris Hart
Jan 21, 2013 Chris Hart rated it really liked it
For someone who doesn't usually read cowboy books, this was a pretty entertaining read. Quite the adventure.
Mar 18, 2008 Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: explorer
Cowboy grit settling wilderness in BC in 1930's. Fascinating story of depression era pioneers.
Jul 13, 2013 T C rated it really liked it
Unbelievable way of life. Makes me glad someone else explored the West!
Jun 30, 2013 Sheryl rated it it was amazing
Hard to believe this didn't happen that long ago.
Aug 13, 2012 Tabb rated it it was amazing
It made me want to marry a cowboy haha!
Techtra Tronical
Nov 12, 2014 Techtra Tronical rated it it was amazing
A natural action/adventure story!
Tamika Koehn
Sep 17, 2012 Tamika Koehn rated it really liked it
very good book.
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