Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, 1930
Posted by: rjh on Jan-16-11 10:31 PM (EST)
This trip was first done by a man named Eric Severeid and a friend in the summer of 1930.
Mr. Severeid wrote about the trip in his book "Canoeing with the Cree". If you haven't read this story, you are missing out on a great adventure.
Eric Severeid went on to an adventurous career in journalism becoming the most intelligent news commentator in the history of TV.
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Posted by: jbernard on Jan-17-11 7:48 AM (EST)
like a great read. Thanks for the tip. http://www.amazon.com/Canoeing-Publications-Minnesota-Historical-Society/dp/0873511522
Posted by: richardp on Jan-21-11 2:08 PM (EST)
These are two more modern accounts: "This water Goes North" by Dennis Weidemann and "Distant Fires:Duluth to Hudson Bay" by Scott Anderson.
Posted by: Booztalkin on Jan-21-11 2:17 PM (EST)
There once was a thread about gear lists and p-netters posted lists of various essential gear. I posted the list from Severeid's book, and it was a stark contrast to begin with, and when you considered the scope of the trip those kids undertook, it is truly humbling to consider what yesteryear's adventurers had in comparison to what we take today to "rough it".
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Posted by: booztalkin on Jan-29-11 4:45 PM (EST)
I pulled out my copy of Canoeing with the Cree and copied the gear list to a file, then I uploaded it to mobile.me.
two groups did since...here's story|
Posted by: paddletothesea on Jan-22-11 4:17 PM (EST)
A couple groups did the exact route since. Here is the blogs and photos:
Posted by: rjh on Jan-22-11 6:01 PM (EST)
It would be easier nowdays with better equipment. Remember the other guys bought a used Old Town wood & Canvas canoe and they did "waste" some time chasing down carp for food and visiting with the locals. Also Walter was held up with an infection for over a week. Also they were sort of lost many times since the maps were poor.
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Posted by: beaverjack on Feb-08-11 7:55 PM (EST)
I'm about half through the book. Sorta boring up to this point. Not much character development. Not a very empathetic trip. I would NEVER paddle the Minnesota upriver, and camping in bogs and in pastures seems less than adventuresome, just kinda idiotic. Maybe the Hayes portion of the trip will inspire me. Not really a page turner. I'm not itching to crack it open like with some stories. It does help me sleep, but then, so does the newspaper. Anyone want to buy a slightly used book?
Posted by: beaverjack on Feb-09-11 2:19 PM (EST)
Posted by: rjh on Feb-12-11 4:37 PM (EST)
Severeid also wrote a book "Not so Wild a Dream" which I am reading now. It covers his youth, the canoe trip, depression years, and much of World War Two. If you think the canoe trip was an adventure this book is even more as he was in near constant danger during these years. I can't really think of a more seasoned reporter.
Posted by: captainsmollett on Feb-13-11 10:06 PM (EST)
I read "this water flows north" ( I am pretty sure that was the name anyway) About four college students who followed the Red River north into Canada and the waterways into Hudson Bay. It was a pretty good read.
Posted by: rjh on Feb-13-11 10:17 PM (EST)
Tell us a little more about the book.
Posted by: captainsmollett on Feb-13-11 10:43 PM (EST)
it followed four college age kids in the late 70's or early 80's through their travels on the Red River and Canadian watershed of the Hudson Bay. It was pretty well written, they used aluminium canoes, I think a regular ol' Grumman and a square stern Grumman on their trip. It was interesting to me mostly to see the difficulties they faced that would not even be considered nowdays with cell phones and GPS. They had the typical problems of long distance trips of the time, food and communication, but seemed to do allright.
Posted by: rjh on Feb-14-11 10:29 PM (EST)
Are you thinking of the book "This Water Goes North" ?