In 1930 two novice paddlersEric Sevareid and Walter C Portlaunched a secondhand 18 foot canvas canoe into the Minnesota River at Fort Snelling for an ambitious summer long journey from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay Without benefit of radio, motor, or good maps, the teenagers made their way over 2,250 miles of rivers, lakes, and difficult portages Nearly four months later, after shooting hundreds of sets of rapids and surviving exceedingly bad conditions and even worse advice, the ragged, hungry adventurers arrived in York Factory on Hudson Baywith winter freeze up on their heels First published in 1935, Canoeing with the Cree is Sevareids classic account of this youthful odyssey.Praise for Canoeing with the CreeCanoeing with the Cree is an all time favorite of mine Ann Bancroft, Arctic explorer and co author of No Horizon Is So FarTwo high school graduates make an amazing journey showing indomitable courage that carried them through to their destination Humor and a spirit of adventure made a grand, good time of it, in spite of storms, rapids, long portages and silent wildernesses Library Journal...
|Title||:||Canoeing with the Cree: 75th Anniversary Edition|
|Publisher||:||Borealis Books 1 edition 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||248 pages|
|File Size||:||863 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Canoeing with the Cree: 75th Anniversary Edition Reviews
First published in 1935, just five years after graduating from high school, the story recounts how the just-graduated young Arnold Eric Sevareid and Walter C. Port set out on a 2250 canoe trip from Fort Snelling in Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. They were only 18-year-old novice canoeists, they had only rudimentary maps for the last 500 miles, and they were in a race with a winter that was nipping at their heels as they neared their destination nearly 4 months after their departure. They were constantly battling the elements and terrain the entire length of the trek. And there was no record of anyone ever having done it before. First, because there was no need to. Hudson Bay is a meaningful destination only if approached by sea. And second, by 1930 when young Sevareid and Post made their expedition there was already a railroad that would take you, in comfort, to the bay.
Canoeing With the Cree
I bought this book on a whim because I had read Eric Sevareid's "Not So Wild a Dream" and liked it very much. This book is absolutely amazing. An adventure story on the order of Call of the Wild or White Fang. Two young men, just out of high school, undertake an extremely dangerous canoe trip which has never been done before. I think a key phrase would be 'unbeknownst to them'. They did not know it would be so grueling, so long or so treacherous. They were young, athletic outdoorsmen and thought they could do anything. It probably has something to do with today's prevalence of cell phones, GPS devices, sophisticated camping and outdoor gear, and most people's basic lack of first-hand experience of wilderness in general, that makes this story so remarkable and totally thrilling. You just can't believe what these two young men go through or how they can summon the fortitude to finish the over 2,000 mile long canoe trip, full of obstacles, one after another after another. Freezing cold, rain, so many mosquitoes they could kill a man, getting lost, no maps, no fire, unexpected Indian encounters--can they trust them or not? It could mean paddling hours or days in the wrong direction. No food, unexpected miles and miles of portages, overturned canoes....the list goes on and on and on. There was a wild-ness that I don't think we can ever know again. Eric Sevareid's narrative is so understated and compelling I sometimes could not believe what I just read....they did WHAT? When it was over, I felt like those two young men could have accomplished anything. Eric Severaid became a newsman and traveled the world. I don't know about the other one. But I'll bet he accomplished whatever he set out to do.
This little book again shows what boys who follow their whims can do. Against all odds they accomplish what has not and likely will not happen again to two amateurs in a canoe. They should have not survived, they should have not tried, they should have given up.