Journal of a Mountain Man
These journals preserve, in his own homey words, James Clyman's experiences on the plains and in the mountains during the heyday of the American fur ... Show synopsis These journals preserve, in his own homey words, James Clyman's experiences on the plains and in the mountains during the heyday of the American fur trade and during the peak of emigration to Oregon and California. The events Clyman recorded were momentous. He was a member of Jedediah Smith's first brigade, which discovered South Pass and opened the Intermountain West to the beaver hunters. Crossing the country during the great migration of 1846, he encountered the Donner party and gave them sound advice they tragically ignored. "Journal of a Mountain Man "is especially valuable, says editor Linda Hasselstrom. The journals are "conspicuously sober and meticulous Clyman shows the mental bent of a surveyor: he scrupulously takes measurements and notes down facts Alongside the vivid but exaggerated sketches some mountain men have left us, we are lucky to have the record of one man who was a keen, thorough, and precise observer."