Cordillera by Stan Walchuk Jr.

Cordillera by Stan Walchuk Jr.

$19.95

In the year 1982 three men set out from the Northern Plains of North America with pack and saddle horses in an attempt to reach the Pacific Ocean. A few days after starting, two of the men had given up and gone home, dismayed at the unforeseen difficulties they had already encountered in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Yet twelve hundred wilderness miles, eleven mountain ranges and twenty-two river crossings later, one Long Rider reached Wrangell, Alaska. That equestrian explorer was Stan Walchuk Jr.

This is Stan's moving account of that incredible journey, one of the longest, most rugged wilderness journeys ever undertaken in the late 20th century. Yet the pages of "Cordillera" are filled not just with equestrian adventures but a host of colorful characters that helped make Canadian history. At one point Stan rode along the trail of Charles Bedeaux. This rich and famous Frenchman had set off to cross the Canadian wilderness in 1934 with what was called The Champagne Expedition. Unlike Walchuk, who rode alone and unaided, Bedeaux was accompanied by 130 packhorses, his wife, mistress and a host of cowboys. Despite the tactical support, Bedeaux failed, whereas Walchuk managed to reach Alaska with only two horses.

"Cordillera" is a story of courage and determination in the face of almost insurmountable geographical obstacles. It is the moving equestrian odyssey of one Canadian riding alone across the greatest mountain range in North America!