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Tungsten John

Author: John Harris
Publisher: New Star Books
Published: 2000
ISBN: 0-921586-70-1


Heeding the call of the South Nahanni River, John and Vivien mounted four expeditions — by bicycle, foot, and the occasional crew-cab pickup — into the glorious, treacherous terrain that surrounds this spectacular waterway and its systems of lakes.

The ghostly former mining town of Tungsten is the focal point for our heroes' treks. Hair-raising tales of old-time prospectors and trappers who turned up headless after venturing into the region haunt Harris and Lougheed's routes. A vivid panorama of twentieth-century Nahanni history emerges.

Read Tungsten John and you'll gain an indelible feel for the sheer splendour of Nahanni Park, whether you find yourself curled up in an armchair or crunching along the gravel of a mining road above Tungsten.

Detailed trail directions keyed to the narrative provide indispensable aid for would-be Nahanni explorers.

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The Nahanni - There's Tungsten John by John Harris. A splendid piece, describing multiple failed attempts to explore that wilderness by ... Bicycle! Along the way, it is stylish, smart, funny...