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Epub  Disappointment River ó 352 pages Download ☆ [Download] ➽ Disappointment River ➽ Brian Castner – Gwairsoft.co.uk In 1789 Alexander Mackenzie travelled the 1125 miles of the immense river in Canada that now bears his name in search of the fabled Northwest Passage only to confront impassable packIn 1789 Alexander Mackenzie travelled the 1125 miles of the immense river in Canada that now bears his name in search of the fabled Northwest Passage only to confront impassable pack ice In 2016 the acclaimedmemoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling journey and discovered the Passage he could not find Disappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that at once transports readers back to the heroic age of North American exploration and places them in a still rugged but increasingly fr “Paddling the Deh Cho felt like walking a tightrope Don’t 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 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 this uest 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 trader 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 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 came up with a plan to divide the trip into uarters 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 us 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 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 legend upon 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 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 a uitter “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 fêted 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 and 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 up the granite carry over the height of land follow the rapids down to a mud lake cross and follow the next stream upriver until you find the granite again A water ladder climbing up and down to traverse the continentThe water turned a shocking emerald green the same green as the Niagara below the falls and the rate of the current accelerated still further It bubbled and boiled like the cooking pot of Macbeth’s witches and uickened still further pushing them past high mud banks until 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 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 of uncivilized 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 upper Saskatchewan and the rapids at Fort Smith are formed where a northern uadrant 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 united by both calendar and geography precisely 227 years apartI knew it was likely I would see open water—since 1980 summer pack ice in the Arctic is down 80 percent as the whole region warms twice as fast as the rest of the planet—but it was still unsettling knowing how the ice completely shaped Mackenzie’s experience I had only seen that single dirty lump just south of Tsiigehtchic but for Mackenzie the ice was definitive”###Says the author “As often as possible however I will use the specific name of the indigenous group using the historical name when appropriate for the setting Today we know them as the Inuit and Dene but when speaking of the eighteenth century as Alexander Mackenzie knew them I will write “Esuimaux” “Dogrib” “Slavey” “Hare” depending on the nation”###In addition to the details of the journeys in 1789 and 2016 there are several interesting tidbits of information such as the fact that there was a mini ice age when Mackenzie travelled on that big river There are details about the voyageurs French Canadian boatmen their lifestyle their food and their songs During their travels George Washington was inaugurated as President and whilst Mackenzie and his fellow travellers were on Whale Island the Bastille was stormed in France I love that type of comparisonBrian Castner describes how green the Great Slave Lake and the Mackenzie River are However from Fort Simpson the river is bright green on one side and a chocolate coloured smoothie on the other Check it out on Google Earth you'll see what he means

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Agile Arctic wilderness in the process of profound alteration by the dual forces of energy extraction and climate change Eleven years before Lewis and Clark the Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie actually crossed the North American continent with a team of voyageurs and Native guides Before that he was the first to discover a route to the Arctic Ocean from the Great Lakes along the river he named Disappointment because he believed he'd failed in his mission to find a trade route to the riches of the East In fact he had he was just two 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 was undertaken 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 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 endured uite a lot of discomfort to help Castner fulfill this dream Everyone should have friends like these

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Disappointment RiverPlus centuries early In this book Brian Castner not only retells the story of Mackenzie's epic voyages in vivid prose he personally retraces his travels in an 1125 mile canoe voyage down the river that bears his name 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 Native villages and at the end a wide open Arctic Ocean that is uickly becoming a far northern Mississippi of barges and pipelines and oil mon 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 its 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's 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 gives undramatic 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 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 gives us 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