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Wapiti Spirit: A Young Man's Quest for Wildness

Houston, Michael

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ISBN 10: 1425100325 / ISBN 13: 9781425100322
Published by Trafford Publishing, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2006
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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145 pp. Illustrated brown cover, no edge wear, uncreased spine. Light soil on pg. ends. B&W illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # jb007296

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Title: Wapiti Spirit: A Young Man's Quest for ...

Publisher: Trafford Publishing, Victoria, BC, Canada

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Soft cover

Illustrator: Wood, Steve J.

Book Condition:Near Fine

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On a windswept trail in the Rocky Mountains, Peter Atkins struggles with more demons than the wind and cold. Elk hunting is too hard, and he wants to go home. . .

About the Author:

Michael Houston never had the benefit of a father. At the age of twelve, he escaped Sunday mornings spent in church when his mother introduced him to Katherine Heard, a 65-year-old vegetarian health nut. The two became fast friends and hiking companions on the slopes of Pike's Peak. Katherine introduced Mike to the Colorado Mountain Club, where he met member Arvy Kysely on a hike tracing Zebulon Pike's 1806 attempt on the mountain that would later bear his name. With Arv and others, Mike climbed nearly all of Colorado's fourteen thousand foot peaks before the age of fifteen. After working, climbing and fishing commercially in Alaska, Mike traded college in Kentucky for a remote homestead built during the Civil War. Without electricity or plumbing for 8 years, he built traditional rocking chairs with hand tools for income. During the 1980's in Florida he completely restored an historic, 1938 wooden sailboat, Ereva. Between sailing the Carribean and woodworking, he volunteered in rural Guatemala building schools, clinics and drilling wells. He collected and distributed truckloads of shoes, clothes and bicycles in the Indian villages where he worked. Arvy led Michael, a longtime anti-hunter, on his first elk hunt in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado in the fall of 1995. Since, he's been dedicated to ethical hunting and the yearly quest for healthy, lean organic meat. 80 years old and a longtime cancer survivor, Arv later joined Mike on the Panama Canal leg of an 11,000 mile sailing voyage from Florida to Alaska. Mike now lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Angelita and daughters Chloe and Sophia. Rock climbing and mountaineering, hunting, sailing, vegetable gardening and making bio-diesel are among his passions. Look for his next book, A Powder Monkey's Tale, to be released in 2007 by Trafford Publishing.

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