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The roadless Yaak : reflections and observations about one of our last great wild places
Bass, Rick, 1958-
Publication Information:
Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xi, 244 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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QH105.M9 R625 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This collection of essays -- twenty-seven in all -- about the Yaak Valley of northwestern Montana brings to life the wilderness and isolation, exhilaration and trepidation that visitors (and residents) encounter here. The half-million-acre Yaak Valley is home to only 150 people but untold numbers of elk, deer, grizzly bears, cougars, and other critters, big and small. An astonishing 175,000 acres remain roadless in this remote area near the Canadian border. Read about a mother who spends Thanksgiving weekend in the Yaak with her children. ."..the Yaak is where my children and I together, have fallen headlong into the glory of the unfamiliar, into the last of the planet's wilderness, the unpredictability of the natural landscape, the authentic hush possible only away from the clamor" (Traveling Close to Home, Debra Gwartney). You will learn about a teacher who is torn between the world beyond the Yaak and the life he has come to know: mountains, thick forests, snow, and bears. And you will learn why we as a people must protect wilderness like this for future generations.

Author Notes

Rick Bass is the author of sixteen acclaimed books of fiction & nonfiction, including "Where the Sea Used to Be" & "The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness".

(Bowker Author Biography) Rick Bass has authored works of fiction & nonfiction, including "Colter", "The Ninemile Wolves", "Oil Notes", & "The Watch". He lives in Yaak, Montana.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Rick BassMike DombeckDebra GwartneyChris WoodBob LoveTom FranklinTodd TannerBill McKibbenGregory McNameeJanisse RayJeff FerdererEllen MeloyPattiann RogersBob ButzAmy EdmondsSteve ThompsonScott DailyLaurie John Lane-ZuckerRick BassWilliam KittredgeAnnick SmithTim LinehanSue HalpernLynn SainsburyDouglas H. ChadwickRobert Michael PyleJim FergusDoug PeacockDavid James DuncanCarolyn KremersBob ShacochisTerry Tempest WilliamsSandra AlcosserAlison Hawthorne DemingLaura SedlerJohn WickershamRoy Parvin
Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Conservation for a New Centuryp. 1
Chapter 1 Traveling Close to Homep. 13
Chapter 2 The Slow and Difficult Trickp. 19
Chapter 3 The Loggersp. 27
Chapter 4 Pieces of Skyp. 31
Chapter 5 Afraidp. 37
Chapter 6 Pungencyp. 41
Chapter 7 Yaak and the Unknowable Wildp. 43
Chapter 8 Up Against Openingsp. 51
Chapter 9 Waiting for the River to Rise and the Ice to Breakp. 61
Chapter 10 In One Lies the Presence of the Otherp. 73
Chapter 11 The Music in My Father's Housep. 75
Chapter 12 Up on Hensleyp. 77
Chapter 13 For the Keepers of Secretsp. 81
Chapter 14 Gunsight Mountainp. 85
Chapter 15 Living Along the Road Less Traveledp. 89
Chapter 16 Ghost Printp. 99
Chapter 17 The Community of Glaciersp. 103
Chapter 18 Upriver Unto the Church of the Dirty Shamep. 117
Chapter 19 The Best Last Placep. 119
Chapter 20 Diversionsp. 123
Chapter 21 Tininessp. 125
Chapter 22 The Sylvan Ladyp. 127
Chapter 23 Nerd Science and Miracles in Supratropical Montanap. 137
Chapter 24 Into the Yaakp. 145
Chapter 25 Yaak Magicp. 157
Chapter 26 Why We Need the Yaak Wildp. 163
Chapter 27 Dear Rickp. 175
Chapter 28 An Alaskan Visits the Yaakp. 177
Chapter 29 Grouse, Grouse, Grousep. 187
Chapter 30 Whirlwind in the Yaakp. 193
Chapter 31 Latitude/Longitudep. 197
Chapter 32 The Yaakp. 207
Chapter 33 Looking Out/Looking Inp. 213
Chapter 34 Here's to You, Mr. Robinsonp. 217
Chapter 35 Solsticep. 223
About the Authorsp. 229
Who to Write, How to Helpp. 237
Indexp. 239