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E a northern adrant of the Canadian Shield meets the tar sands Flocks of white pelicans the northernmost breeding colony on the continent perched on rocks or floated in eddies serene among the boil Sand and granite gulf coast seabirds amid black spruce it was all juxtaposed and spectacular My mind reeled at the view Well this is the Northwest Territories John said This place I thought it s defined by the absence of humans So much space but only forty thousand residents totalThat evening we camped on the north shore just past a few islands at Trail Creek It was July 1 and on the same night in 1789 Mackenzie persuaded Awgeenah to cache pemmican on those Trail Creek islands and then make camp For the first and only time Mackenzie and I were sleeping on exactly the same rock on exactly the same day The Duchess of Vidal united by both calendar and geography precisely 227 years apar I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books the publisher It was with thenderstanding that I would post a review to Net Galley Goodreads Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog I also posted it to my Facebook LinkedIn Twitter and Google Plus pagesI reuested this book as the description sounded interesting a mix of history and a modern day reenactment This is the first book by Brian Castner that I have readI had high hopes for this book but nfortunately it was less than stellar The premise of the book is Alexander MacKenzie s search for the Northwest Passage and the author s trip following Mackenzie s path The parts dealing with the history of MacKenzie s trip were the most enjoyable part of the book The author s modern day narrative I found to be rambling at times and his writing style made it hard to focus and enjoy the book It simply was not engagingSome other early reviews have viewed the book differently but my recommendation is to check it out from your local library before deciding to invest in a copy I appreciated the history lesson but something never ite gelled for me I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie s discovery of the Mackenzie River At 1100 miles it is North Americas second largest river Then as per Du fährst zu oft nach Heidelberg und andere Erzählungen usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with Mackenzie in his hunt for the northwest passage Alexander Mackenzie made the trip in Jun 1789 with a crew of thirteen madep of voyageurs and native people In June 2016 Brian Castren made the same trip in a fiberglass canoe with all modern euipment and camping food Setting off from the Great Slave Lake at the same spot as Mackenzie he followed his route to the Beaufort Sea The major change in the two hundred plus year is the retreating of the iceThe book is well written and researched Oh how I would have loved to do that trip myself But with the book I can mentally travel it I know the area of the North West Territories fairly well I have kayaked parts of the Mackenzie River as well as the Lake Hattah area back in the 1950s The book is in part the history of the Mackenzie trip of discovery and a travel log by Castren as he made the trip in Mackenzie s footsteps If you like history of discovery and a travel adventure this book is for youI read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is just over twelve hours The author narrated the book Interesting research but clearly written for a macho male audienceSee my other ten word book reviews at my blog tenwordbookreviewswordpresscom Mackenzie traversed those waters via canoe and so I planned the same My choice involved than historic homage it is the perfect slow vehicle to see the country In 1789 Alexander Mackenzie a Scottish explorer attempted to find the Northwest passage traveling a grueling 1100 hundred miles on a ruthless river through the Arctic wilderness His mission failed as he was thwarted by an nforgiving ice pack In 2016 author and memoirist Brian Castner followed the explorer s route on the Mackenzie River aka Disappointment River to see if he could succeed where the Scottish man failed Castner presents the story as a dual narrative reconstructing Mackenzie s trip along with his own perilous adventures I enjoyed the historical element although parts of it were a bit dry but I really admired Castner s own documentation It was an incredibly difficult and harrowing trip This was part of North America I knew very little about and found these discoveries fascinating Castner is a gifted writer and one tough son of a gun I did not realize right away that Castner wrote an excellent memoir about his experiences as a Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer in Ira called The Long Walk which a Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer in Ira called The Long Walk which loved a few years back I also highly recommend that one In the late 18th Century Alexander Mackenzie convinced his employer the newly formed North West Company that it should help fund his mission to find a northwest river passage to the northern ocean and China Alternating between this original story of exploration and his own 21st Century effort to retrace Mackenzie s trek Castner takes the reader on an exciting trip down North America s 2nd longest river system the Mackenzie River Along the way he tells the story of original disappointment when Mackenzie s crew found the sea iced over at the river s mouth all the while he narrates his own voyage of discovery and wonder down the river by canoe and the fact that today wonder down the river by canoe and the fact that today mouth of the Mackenzie dumps into a vast wilderness of open ocean that will turn into a new northwest passage. Led He was wrongIn this book Brian Castner not only retells the story of Mackenzie's epic voyages in vivid prose he personally retraces his travels battling exhaustion exposure mosuitoes white water rapids and the threat of bears He transports readers to a world rarely glimpsed in the media of tar sands thawing permafrost remote indigenous villages and at the end a wide open Arctic Ocean that could become a far northern Mississippi of barges and pipelines and oil mone. .
Marco Polo Columbus Magellan Henry Hudson Captain Cook Alexander Mackenzie Lewis ClarkMackenzie We know the names of the great explorers for both good and bad with one big exception Alexander Mackenzie I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by his story Finallywith Castner s book published in 2018 we have the complete story of his life and his epic journey in 1789 across a vast almost completely ninhabited land which today is called the Northwest Territories Not only does Brian Caster write about the intrepid Scotsman and his journey but he retraces his 1200 mile long voyage by canoe The Dummy Meets The Mummy! (Goosebumps SlappyWorld up the river which now bears his name So we follow two adventures both of which could easily have ended in disaster But I have to ask theestion why isn t Mackenzie better known I think the simplest reason is that he was considered a failure by himself as well as by others His overriding goal was to travel on a major river which he hoped would flow west to the Pacific through present day Alaska This would have been the long sought for Northwest Passage a shortcut through the Americas to the riches of China Instead Mackenzie s following the great river out of the Great Slave Lake kept taking him ever northward Male Medusa, Caught in Coils (Otherkind Kink: Male Medusa, until he reached the frozen Arctic Ocean And there was no passage to be found out of there But as Castner points out the supreme irony is that if Mackenzie had done this trip 200 years later he would have found an ocean becoming increasingly ice free so that the great dream of the Northwest Passage could finally be realized Castner wove together a fascinating story of two 1200 mile journeys by canoe down the Mackenzie River also known as the Deh Cho and Disappointment River in Canada s Northwest TerritoriesThe first journey wasndertaken in 1789 by a group of voyageurs fur trappers and indigenous guides headed by Alexander Mackenzie The purpose of this expedition was to find a Northwest Passage waterway to the Pacific OceanThe second journey was Leaving Loneliness undertaken in 2016 by the author Brian Castner in a two man canoe in which he enlisted four friends to help him paddle down the Mackenzie River in tag team fashion The purpose of Castner s expedition was to recreate Mackenzie s journeyThis was a fascinating read as it was a travelogue tied in with a history of the development of the Northwest Territories and the search for the fabled Northwest Passage in order to expand the fur trade to China and Russia Castner did an excellent job of devoting two chapters one for the 1789 expedition and one for the 2016 expedition for each leg of the journey down the Mackenzie This method helped to tie the two journeys together It was interesting to see how the river and its inhabitants have changed or remained fairly stagnant through timeCastner is an excellent writer and I would not hesitate to read of his booksI would especially like to acknowledge an appreciation for Castner s four friends who enduredite a lot of discomfort to help Castner fulfill this dream Everyone should have friends like these A sub genre I ve developed a taste for canoeing adventures Castner whose voice feels very authentic to me does a magnificent job of telling the story of Alexander Mackenzie 1764 1820 who first for a European traveled this river to story of Alexander Mackenzie 1764 1820 who first for a European traveled this river to end hoping it would lead to the Northwest Passage providing that long sought access to Asia via North America Castner follows in Mackenzie S Wake Giving Us A Then And Now Story That wake giving The Man They Wanted Me to Be us a then and now story that a bit of time travel Castner has a voice that s very much his own He edits his opinion out of most of this story and givesndramatic glimpses of present day traffic along this river or at least 2018 traffic when there was still an oil boom There is a certain flatness to stories of days Literacy upon days of paddling but Castner nevertheless manages to tell a good story without adding superfluous flair Along the way he brings Mackenzie out of the shadows of history and givess a glimpse of what the beaver trade meant at its peak including the interchanges between the Europeans and the First People The river known now as the Mackenzie River is the second longest in North America and it flows through Canada s Northwest TErritories Paddling the Deh Cho felt like walking a tightrope Don Canada s Northwest TErritories Paddling the Deh Cho felt like walking a tightrope Don look down don t look around don t think too much about what you are doing don t think about being small and exposed just put one foot in front of the other paddle to the next point That s it If you pick your head نامه های عین القضات همدانی / جلد اول up look around you ll realize how far from help you are and the enormity of the task In 2016 author Brian Castner set out to retrace the route that Alexander Mackenzie took in 1789 in an attempt to reach the then fabled Northwest Passage For some time explorers had tried to find it but without success In 1775 after nearly three hundred years of European nautical failure the British Parliament authorized the award of twenty thousand pounds to whoever could discover the Northwest Passage This incentive plus the fact that traders wanted a direct route to China for their exports of beaver furs meant that thisest had become an imperative1788 The Grand Portage Lake Superior At the rendezvous the hommes du nord exchanged tens of thousands of beaver skins for the mangeurs du lard s iron trade goods from London a swap permitted by the bitter snow driven land only once a year Each year this massive trade fair was held but at this particular rendezvous it was decided that Alexander Mackenzie would lead an expedition to once again try to find the elusive Northwest Passage Peter Pond a prominent trad. In 1789 Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name in search of the fabled Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for hundreds of years In 2016 the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling journey and discovered the Passage he could not findDisappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that at once transports readers back to the heroic age of Nort. Disappointment River

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Er who had some spectacularly impressive furs had information from the Red Knife Indians about the existence of a very large river In 1787 Pond met two Indians who said they had traveled Die Plotter up a large river from the Pacific Ocean they bore English blankets from Captain Cook as proof It was the final piece of evidence Pond needed The search was on but it was Mackenzie and not Pond who would spearhead it2016Brian Castner realised that he would need a paddling partner but No one had a whole summer to devote so I camep with a plan to divide the trip into arters ask four friends to each join me on a leg they would be like runners in a relay race and pass me as the baton His paddling partners were David Chrisinger Jeremy Howard Beck Landon Phillips and Anthony Sennhenn We paddled an eighteen and a half foot Sea Clipper canoe wide and steady as the days designed to track through whitecaps and swallow hundreds of pounds of gear Mr Castner or less alternates between MacKenzie s experiences and his own He diverts to give s a condensed biography of Mackenzie who was born in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis His mother died when he was 12 years old and the family left for the New World However It was the spring of 1775 and when Alexander Mackenzie arrived in New York he discovered that he had escaped the rural poverty of Scotland for a war Many Scots ended Killing the Truth up in Montreal when the American Revolution turned pear shaped for the British and young Alexander was one of these In Montreal he found a job counting beaver furs and thus he became involved in that industry In the course of his career Alexander Mackenzie learned that the farther north one went the farther west the greater the trials the greater the furs the greater the legendpon returning home and he became determined to find that fabled Northwest PassageMr Castner also backtracks to the war which started in 1754 to provide further background In Great Britain and France it came to be known as the Seven Years War On the Indian subcontinent it was the Third Carnatic War In Prussia the Third Silesian War In South America the Fantastic War In North America in the colonies where Johnson fought it was called the French and Indian War He also mentions Samuel de Champlain who founded the settlement which became Montreal the earlier explorer Jacues Cartier plus other explorers such as James Cook So there is a fair amount of history in this book but of course these aspects are not discussed in any depth as that is not the purpose hereMackenzie travelled with Awgeenah the English Chief his Chipewyan partner in all things and together they enlisted sometimes forcefully the help of other indigenous people along their way They did in fact find a massive river the Deh Cho as it is known to the First Nation people or the Mackenzie River as we now know it Unfortunately he did not realise that at some stage he had turned North and so guess what he ended At Any Cost up at the Arctic Ocean which was not exactly his goal as he was meant to find a route to the Pacific Ocean However months later he returned to Athabasca and not being aitter So he decided to go to London to study cartography and to purchase the proper instruments a sextant and chronometer and appropriate almanacs before once again setting out and this time finding the desired ocean After which he was duly honoured f ted and the vast river to the North was named after him even though For him he wrote it was nothing but a voyage down the River Disappointment Mr Castner it was nothing but a voyage down the River Disappointment Mr Castner his paddle partners canoed the length of the massive Deh ChoMackenzie River closely following Mackenzie s initial attempt which ended at Garry Island or Whale Island per MackenzieThe MacKenzie DeltaattributionHere are some observations by the two sets of explorers Mackenzie and Awgeenah in 1789 and Brian Castner and his rowing partners in 2016Mackenzie There was a rhythm to these portages Mackenzie saw As they worked their way north and west out of the Great Lakes a simple pattern pervaded Fight a river Havens Promise (Divine Designs, up the granite carry over the height of land follow the rapids down to a mud lake cross and follow the next streampriver Make Your Moment until you find the granite again A water ladder climbingp and down to traverse the "continentThe water turned a shocking emerald green the same green as the Niagara below the falls and the rate "water turned a shocking emerald green the same green as the Niagara below the falls and the rate the current accelerated still further It bubbled and boiled like the cooking pot of Macbeth s witches and Approaching the Guitar uickened still further pushing them past high mud banksntil all at once the current and wind fled and their momentum fadedTheir guide knew that they were in a basin formed long ago by the tail slap of a giant beaver when the animals could speak and wrecked the world But of this lake s nature the consistency of its shore its outlets and destinations he could say nothing to Mackenzie and AwgeenahOne waterfall came after another I, Afterlife until the Winnipeg River discharged into a lake of the same name For the first time since Lake Superior the view expanded as the last basswood and maple trees fell away Instead prairie hugged the shores Mackenzie marveled at herds of buffalo and saw so many animals birds and fish that he declared There is not perhaps a finer country in the world for the residence ofncivilized man Castner The Slave River is immense as wide as five normal rivers and crisscrossed with pour overs and channels It reminded me of the rapids above Niagara Falls but many times wider The Slave drains northern British Columbia half of Alberta and pper Saskatchewan and the rapids at Fort Smith are formed wher. H American exploration and places them in a still rugged but increasingly fragile Arctic wilderness in the process of profound alteration by the dual forces of globalization and climate change Fourteen years before Lewis and Clark Mackenzie set off to cross the continent of North America with a team of voyageurs and Chipewyan guides to find a trade route to the riches of the East What he found was a river that he named Disappointment Mackenzie died thinking he had fai.