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Voyageur: Across the Rocky Mountains in a Birchbark Canoe

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The author of 'Angry White Pyjamas' travels across the Rocky Mountains by canoe, discovering the desolate wonders of Canada's unspoilt wilderness.
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by George Weidenfeld & Nicholson
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Ramsay Wood
Aug 16, 2014 Ramsay Wood rated it it was amazing
This is a great wallop of a river-road book in the tradition of the English wanderer who is dedicated to peeling off the seemingy intact veneer of the present to reach the denser heartwood of the past and illume the shoddiness of now.

The main eye-opener for many citizens of the USA will be to learn that it was NOT Lewis and Clark, backed by the full might of the US Army and eager support of President Thomas Jefferson, but the entrepreneurial Scotsman Alexander Mackenzie who first traversed the N
Ulrika Eriksson
Dec 28, 2016 Ulrika Eriksson rated it it was amazing
Read, read, read for inspiration! Rob with friends follow the footsteps of Mackenzie and his voyageurs 200 years after. The adventurous trip is made during three summers in a row in a birch bark-canoe from northern central Canada westward over the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The canoe must be sealed every evening but when the going gets real tough and they hit a big rock very hard, the canoe holds because of its flexibility.
I love these kinds of books about challenges, books that urge
James (JD) Dittes
Twigger's audacious trek from Lake Athabasca to the Pacific Ocean took three summers, 2 1/2 of which involved paddling and tugging against the current on the east side of the Rocky Mountains. He proves devoted to the vision of first building an authentic birchbark canoe and then following in the footsteps of trapper Alexander Mackenzie, who made the trek with real voyageurs in the 1770s.

This is a "warts and all" description of Canada, its native peoples, and Twigger himself, who doesn't shy from
Jason Pym
Sep 27, 2011 Jason Pym rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Englishman has mid-life crisis, decides to go on a canoe trip across Canada.

When he does describe the Canadian landscape it is bleak and hostile. He comes across as irritating, and certainly irritates his various crews. And he seems to have only enjoyed a tiny part of it all - the rest is suffering, exhaustion and petty arguments.

If he took more pleasure in something and could tell us something interesting (the wildlife, the boat building, the scenery) or if there were any humour, it would hav
Jose Kilbride
May 18, 2010 Jose Kilbride rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Voyageur is the story of Robert Twigger's somewhat obsessive attempt to replicate the cross continent journey of Alexander Mackenzie some 211 years previously.

As far as travelogues and adventure stories go, this pretty much has it all, an honest reflection of the relationships involved, vivid descriptions of the problems and issues and triumphs encountered, and clever contrasts with the original voyage. Coupled with excellent descriptions of the environment, the characters met, Twigger's inner
Jun 23, 2012 Fraser rated it it was amazing
Another great adventure from Twigger, makes me want to get in a canoe.
Read it and all his other books, all great adventures that the author has actually lived!
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Robert Twigger is a British author who has been described as, 'a 19th Century adventurer trapped in the body of a 21st Century writer'. He attended Oxford University and later spent a year training at Martial Arts with the Tokyo Riot Police. He has won the Newdigate prize for poetry, the Somerset Maugham award for literature and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.

In 1997, whilst on an
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