I bought this on a whim at a used book sale. A mostly listless telling of a true story of men trapped by the weather in the wilderness in 1893. The problem with this book is the author's zest for details, the minutiae of which at times makes drying paint look exciting by comparison. Like this part about the shuffling around of mules: "....dispatched the teamsters and the loaded mules to outposts one and two. Two mules were to be left at outpost one, and four at outpost two; two of those four would later be taken to outpost three." Cripes! Spare me all the unnecessary information and just say mules were sent out.The writing is two stars but the story is worth four. This could and should have been a more interesting read.