It’s called Colter’s Hell and it’ll be out next month. Just this week I got a map made for the book, and this is what it looks like:
Shortly after that, or perhaps shortly before, John Colter was sent out on a solo trek through today’s Montana and Wyoming wildernesses to find routes, establish trade with the Crow Indians, and generally make the business-minded whites’ presence known. Here are some of those forts:
Before most of those forts, there was Fort Manuel, also called Fort Raymond. It was the first, and allowed Colter to go out during the winter of 1807-8.
A lot more happened over that winter, including Colter getting wounded in a fight with the Blackfeet, a fight that saw his Crow guides abandon him. That will be in the book, and so much more as well.
If you haven’t read Colter’s Winter yet, you’re missing one thrilling ride through the wilds of Montana. More than 100 people have bought the book, and I hope you’re one. If so, you’re in for another thrilling ride, one that builds up to the ultimate John Colter finale, his run from the Blackfeet in 1808.
That’s coming, so get ready!