For Seventeen Years Now, I’ve Been a Boatman

From Anything Worth Doing: A true story of adventure, friendship and tragedy on the last of the West’s great rivers by Jo Deurbrouck:

1d21a7d631f2f78a8d86f7235068b6b8_f82For seventeen years now, I’ve been a boatman. I take people down whitewater rivers in the West. Through the summer, I pretty much live on the river. Set up a kitchen at a different camp each night, lay out a bedroll to sleep on the river bank above the river running, below the stars shining.

I’m supposed to be there. I feel very much at home, at ease and comforted, between the songs of the birds and water and the silence of the stones and the canyon.

— Clancy Reese

This book is the story of Clancy Reese, a famous river guide, and his untimely death on an ill-fated river adventure. I loved this book. It is equal parts beautiful and terrifying, and the suspense Deurbrouck, herself a river guide, builds to the penultimate moment, is masterful. I spend a lot of time on and around rivers, and if my respect for them and the danger in their beauty wasn’t already extremely high, it is even more-so now. If you love the wilderness, this is a can’t miss.


Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Missoula, MT.

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