Saturday, May 25, 2013

Good Read: Indian Creek Chronicles by Pete Fromm

I enjoy outdoor adventure style books. Over the years, I've built up a nice collection. Recently, in search of something to read, I pulled Pete Fromm's Indian Creek Chronicles from the shelf, and I really enjoyed it.

The book relates the adventures of the author who, midway through his college career at the University of Montana in Missoula, takes a winter job guarding salmon eggs in the Idaho/Montana wilderness. The job requires that Fromm remain in the wilderness for 8 months so that he can break ice daily to allow the salmon eggs to live. Fromm sees the job as an opportunity to live the mountain man experience he has read so much about.

Fromm spends most of the winter alone in a canvas wall tent, his only constant companion his dog Boone. Occasionally, hunters pop in and out of the remote area, but after the snow flies, the only way in or out is by snow machine. Temperatures in the region drop to as low as 40 below that winter, and snow covers the landscape for most of the time.

Fromm and Boone explore their wilderness, watching the moose, bobcats, bighorn sheep, and other animals that live there. They adapt to their environment, and Fromm gains a deep appreciation for the area and the animals who call it home.

If you like to read about people living in what most of us consider harsh environments, then you'll probably enjoy this book. Fromm's style is easy and pleasant to read.

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