The Lonely Land

The Lonely Land Mr Olson Has Illuminated His Own Cruise With Quotations From Journals And Diaries Of Such Men As George Simpson, David Thompson, Alexander Henry, And Alexander Mackenzie As Well As A Host Of Other Explorers Traders Whose Voices Speak From The Old Moose Fort Journals Of The Hudson S Bay Company Mr Olson Serves As The Bourgeois Of The Party Of Six The Boss Who Ran The Trip, Chose The Routes, Picked The Camp Sites His Companions And He Relived For All Readers Of This Book What Life Was Then In The Wilds Of The Canadian Northwest Mr Olson Combines His Inimitable Ability To Evoke The Beauties And Wonders Of The Wilderness Its Animals, Birds, And Its Very Spirit With A Dramatic Talent For Taking The Reader Along The Route Of The Men Who Pioneered That Wilderness Francis Lee Jacques, Whose Genius To Evoke The Wilderness In Pen And Ink Is Unchallenged, Has Illuminated This Book By His Drawings, As He Did The Singing Wilderness And Listening Point

Sigurd F Olson was an American author, environmentalist, and advocate for the protection of wilderness For than thirty years, he served as a wilderness guide in the lakes and forests of the Quetico Superior country of northern Minnesota and northeastern Ontario He was known honorifically as the Bourgeois a term the voyageurs of old used of their trusted leaders.

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  • hardback
  • 272 pages
  • The Lonely Land
  • Sigurd F. Olson
  • English
  • 04 September 2019
  • 9780394433837

10 thoughts on “The Lonely Land

  1. says:

    We took countless canoe trips to southern Ontario when I was younger for weeks at a time we never saw another soul My dad had left me this book when he passed, and I finally read it, almost in one setting.Our trips, waterfalls and all, paled in comparison to the mighty adventure that Olson describes With is Voyageurs , he covered an amazing amount of ground What makes it amazing is that many of the early traders and explorers took the same route UPSTREAM, poling, and paddling like mad This book makes one appreciate the vast wildnerness that still exists on our continent, and the power of the human spirit Olson writes crisply and cleanly, and paints a vivid picture of their trials it is a terrific book.I see another reviewer mapped out the route online, and I m now off to Google Earth

  2. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book from so many different perspective The historical research and quotes by so many of the old explorers added a lot and help emphasize the significance of the book The comraderie of the characters and their individual personalities and strengths was also very meaningful part of the book However most important it was a great adventure tale that made me feel like I was right there with the rest if the crew falling the same way and thinking the same thoughts One if my favourite all time reads

  3. says:

    This account of a 500 mile trip by six men in three canoes on the Churchill River across Saskatchewan would be interesting in itself for the historical and geological information presented With the help of online satellite photos and maps it became an exciting study of the Canadian Shield and led me to a greater appreciation of the vast areas covered by the explorers and fur traders of Canada s past.Beginning with author Sigurd F Olson s description of the Canadian Shield, I could see on Wikimapia at a scale of about 20 miles inch the solid rock of the Shield with the glacial gouges from north to south, and a depression running across this at its southern edge The gouges and depression are filled with water and from above it looks like an almost continuous convoluted body of water extending eastward to Lake Winnipeg and Hudson Bay Olson s detailed description of their journey east from le la Crosse, however, provided a much different experience I soon realized that this water was a series of lakes, each defined by its elevation, and that between many of them there was only a short stretch of river, but importantly a drop in elevation in the form of a falls or rapids The importance of work done by the original explorers and fur traders was frequently employed in deciding whether to run or portage around these descents by our travelers By zooming in on Wikimapia I was often able to see the whitewater being described, though the experience of danger and excitement came exclusively from the book.Olson s words and these online resources brought back fond memories of my boyhood hydrological experiments with puddles and streams, and trying to visualize them from the perspective of an ant This book provided me a greatly enhanced understanding of geology and the importance of past North American exploration and cartography, and greatly extended northward my familiarity with Canada.

  4. says:

    I just loved the sense of the wildness and peacefulness of the country that these 4 modern day voyageurs traveled and the reflections of the author as this land sat on the brink of development This book was written in the 60 s and sadly I m sure much of the wilderness that they passed through is now gone as it s an area that was full of oil.

  5. says:

    People fly all over the globe for adventures Mr Olsen and his five buddies had an incredible adventure in one of the most remote parts of North America, a place few people even remember exist I would love to recreate this trip to see how things have changed, I m guessing they haven t changed too much

  6. says:

    Despite enjoying all the books I have read so far, I was looking for one that was less based around disaster and survival, but about thriving in the wild I certainly got this in The Lonely Land It got rave reviews on Good Reads so I gave it a go It did not disappoint.The Lonely Land follows Sigurd Olson, a renowned woodsman of his time book was written in 1961 and 5 of his friends who all have equally impressive Outdoorsy CV s along on their 500 mile paddle down the Churchill River in Northern Saskatchewan They follow the waterways of Voyageurs, old Hudson Bay Traders and adventurers alike.It very much tells two stories, one of Olson and his friends and the others of those traders that paddled along the same stretch over the last 200 years Each chapter opened up with a quote from the diary of one of these trader or adventurer, each one relating to the same part of the river which said chapter was going to cover.For me, there was a real child like sense of adventure It was somewhat like reading an adult version of Enid Blyton s Famous 5 or Swallows and s by Arthur Ransom Despite torrential rain and gale force winds Olson captured the romance of long adventures with the troubles of navigating the rapids, encounters with Indians and the sneaky rum tipples in camp All of this romance shone through because although this group were very much experts, the focus of the book was purely on the excitement of adventure going down rapids, cooking in camp and being with your friends This stands out even so when you the men that feature in this book are all in their 60 s Boys will be Boys.This brought back great memories of my trip on the Bowron lakes in 2016 and I could relate to their adventure albeit far longer than any of mine I highly recommend The Lonely Land to anyone who has ever been on a canoe trip or is planning one just to whet their appetite for what may lay aheadWe are giving this a resounding 5 TreesLive in the Trees LogoLive in the Trees LogoLive in the Trees LogoLive in the Trees LogoLive in the Trees Logo

  7. says:

    A straightforward retelling of Olson s trip down up the Churchill River in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada With a team of friends most of whom are either senior government officials or captains of industry they set out to retrace the routes of such nation builders as McKenzie, Frobisher and Simpson and they did Successfully and without any real incident So in a sense this is a very well written canoe trip report that canoeing enthusiasts both armchair and otherwise will adore Those looking for his brilliant nature writing should check out some of his other books What s interesting is that this trip coincided somewhat with the ill fated Art Moffat trip which resulted in his death and the subsequent book Death on the Barrens by George Grinell The tragedy of Moffat s death certainly imbued a greater sense of gravitas and pathos to Grinell s book but beyond that Grinell really laid his soul bare in gut wrenching fashion making it a much compelling read The lesson in all that Well prepared and planned trips that don t end in disaster make for excellent outings but not exciting reading I always tell myself when going into the wilderness don t have an adventure An adventure is what makes a good book But when it is happening to you it is not an adventure it s an ordeal.

  8. says:

    In this book Sigurd Olson tells the story of a 500 mile canoe trip, from Ile A La Crosse to Cumberland House, in northwest Canada As he tells the story he also fills in the history of this place and this route and the points along the way For someone who loves canoeing this is a must read.I m in the process of revisiting Sigurd s books and very much enjoying every word

  9. says:

    Another great book by Sigurd Olson This one follows a long trip he and several companions made along the Churchill River in northern Saskatchewan Olson s narrative is excellent as always as he reviews numerous events along the way and continues to relay his wilderness philosophy through the retelling of the adventure.

  10. says:

    Is an excellent book written with a simple prose to understand the author narrative , is s book that once you started you don t want to put it down I m sorry I have not enough time myself to read it in one sitting down.

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