A Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book of the Year
"The wardens climbed into their truck, ready to leave. 'You'll need about seven cords of firewood. Concentrate on that. You'll have to get it all in before the snow grounds your truck.' Though I didn't want to ask, it seemed important. 'What's a cord?'"
So begins Pete Fromm's seven winter months alone in a tent in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness guarding salmon eggs. After blundering into this forbidding errand as a college lark, Fromm gradually came face to face with the blunt realities of life as a contemporary mountain man. Brutal cold, isolation, and fearful risks balance against the satisfaction of living a unique existence in modern America.
This award-winning narrative is a gripping story of adventure, a rousing tale of self-sufficiency, and modern-day Walden. From either perspective, Fromm lives up to his reputation as one of the West's premier voices.
"This is a lovely book about honesty, about clear-eyed seeing, and clear-eyed feeling. Each reader will come away from reading this book with a favorite scene that he or she will remember forever."—Rick Bass, author of Platte River
"Fromm is a talent to watch. His stories speak those sweetest moments of riding a river and casting a line, in a land bigger than we can ever hope to be."—Ivan Doig, author of This House of Sky
"Indian Creek Chronicles is a love song to Idaho's Selway-Bitterroot wilderness, to the relationship between self and solitude, to the wildness of the land and the landscape of the heart. Like all the best love songs it is honest, lyrical, and full of a kind of an ineffable wonder. Anyone who has ever loved a place truly will surely love this book."—Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness
"Fromm is an honest, objective, and impeccably focused observer of the natural world, and a superb writer to boot. His sentences have the impact of an ax cleaving chunks of frozen stovewood, and Indian Creek Chronicles is as satisfying as ten cords freshly split and stacked and ready for winter."—Jerry Dennis, author of A Place on The Water
"Indian Creek Chronicles is a swift absorbing tale . . . [Fromm] has made me shake out my heavy winter sleeping bags with renewed enthusiasm."—John Husar, Chicago Tribune
"I loved Pete Fromm's Indian Creek Chronicles. His account of his transformation from a callow kid to a seasoned woodsman is hilarious, touching, and unique."—Stephen Bodio
"And for those of us who are probably never going to get around to acting out our own fantasy of a winter snowbound in a lonely cabin in the mountains, Pete Fromm's is a wonderful adventure to adopt."—Bozeman Daily Chronicle
"This retelling of Fromm's foray into the wild is strangely compelling . . . It was a long haul for Fromm, a brute circumstance, full of tribulation. But he survived to write this fresh-faced account. Bully for him."—Kirkus Reviews