I still have to laugh rembering the winter moutain cabin scene with the old Mountain Man exiting the cabin after leading a GRIZZ into it shouting,"you take care of this 'un,Pilgrim, and I'll git you anothr'n!" :-D
That movie affected me a great deal. It came out here in Jan of 1973. When we were walking out of the theatre we decided to go to Canada and live like Jeremiah Johnson for the summer. We started taking riding lessons. We bought saddles and rifles, including a .50 Hawken. We bought a book about how to work with pack horses, named "Horses, Hitches, and Rocky Trails." We went up to the wilderness of BC and stayed all summer. I didn't kill a Crow in hand to hand combat but otherwise it was like Jeremiah Johnson, 130 years too late.
We were up around Manson Creek. We saw those hippies camping out along that big lake, but you didn't see us. We were way back in the woods on horseback. Yes I heard that, as Georgia boys, we would not want to be up there in the winter, temps of -40. We were working with a big game guide for a few weeks. His freezer was a wooden shack, on stilts 12 feet off the ground. We said, What the **** is it up so high, to keep away from the grizzly? He said in January you just walked in the front door, once the snow fall was in. In November they shot two moose and just hung the meat in that shack, the temp got nowhere near 32 degrees for five more months. Every few weeks during the winter they brought a ham into the cabin, about 200 lbs of meat there. They canned it, you know the glass jars with metal lids. They also fed the meat to the sled dogs.
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