Three men set out from the northern plains of North America with pack and saddle horses in an attempt to reach the Pacific Ocean. Twelve hundred wilderness miles, eleven mountain ranges, and twenty two river crossings later, only one of them reached Wrangell, Alaska. This is the fascinating account of the incredible journey. It was one of the longest, most rugged wilderness journeys ever – A truly great adventure of our time – A truly great book!
The Amazing Cordillera! Expedition A National Bestseller. The Greatest Wilderness Horse Journey of Our Time.
“Walchuk completed an unbelievable journey. On horseback, completing the journey alone, this young man spent over 100 days travelling from Fort St John, BC, to the pacific ocean. It was over 850 miles and marked by high adventure and imminent danger . . . . first wilderness journey from the plains to the Pacific since the fur trade, about 170 years . . . . greatest wilderness horse packtrip ever. . . . the horror of catastrophe, the hardship, the joy, the way of bush people and the pulse of the land . . . . . .” The Wetaskiwin Times
“I have read this book a few times. It is amazing, really good insight into what is fortitude, guts, stick-to-it-ness. A real adrenaline rush with those river crossings. All at the same time it is a very entertaining read with lots of humour and laughs.” Don Hill, Ardrossan, Alberta
“Facing his own mortality many times over he still loves and appreciates the great outdoors. I envisioned Stan telling this story around a campfire as I read. He had me on the edge of my seat. What a fascinating life!” Mette Felmark
“It was a vision on the scale of MacKenzie’s. And nothing like it had had a chance of Success since Lewis and Clark. Eleven mountain ranges, 22 river crossings, 12 remote mountain passes; the journey encompassed over 1600 km of wilderness travel. It was no wonder most reckoned the route impossible.” Explore Magazine
“We loved the 1st edition of Cordillera! so much we won’t lend it out!” Brenda and Dave Baker.
“Stan Walchuk is Canada’s best known Long Rider. He made a perilous solo equestrian journey across that nation’s most daunting mountain ranges.” Cuchullane O’Rielly, Long Riders Guild
“Stan Walchuk had a vision that carried him over the wilderness of Northern British Columbia, a trek that few have ever made on horseback . . . . to cross 11 mountain ranges, a 1,700 km journey from the plains to the Pacific . . . . Though stalked by death daily neither man nor beast gave up his quest . . . . MacDonald and Wolfe, however, gave up at Fort Ware. It was the first leg of the trip, a mere 390 kilometers. It was supposed to take just 15 days, but it had lasted a month. . . . Having accepted death as a travelling companion, Walchuk has strong feelings. . . . .” Terry Craig, Calgary Herald.
“Here is a documented 1200 mile modern personal adventure that needs no imagination from the reader, just a desire to understand the hardships and the victories experienced by both man and horse every day and night on the trail. A trail that few modern horse persons will ever dream of making themselves. The pages of this book are a record of individual perseverance that is often discovered in historical mililtary equine events. Three men and horses to start but only one man and his horses at the finish. If this were a cavalry tale it would reflect a challenge that required both man and horse to have copious amounts of “bottom and spirit”. In cowboy terms “Grit”. For sure it is a reading to rival any horse journey.” Lawrence C Cannon
“Mr. Walchuk’s film had been ruined by water, he had lost his coat, down to a single change of clothing, and lost his chaps (all lost to the rivers). His companions had lost heart. The numerous unavoidable river crossings had done all of the damage, endangering their lives constantly. . . . decided to plunge on alone.” Stephen Weatherbe, The Alberta Report
“They found entire forests blackened by fires, murky rivers that suddenly dropped off to nothing under their feet, thickets that tore the clothes off their backs and deep, sucking bogs that pulled horses down, making every step a struggle . . . .” Mark Hume, Edmonton Journal
“Hi, I have two of your books, Cordillera! And the Common Man book. Let me tell you I read a lot of this type of book and these two are the best I have read. I have lent them to other’s and they say the same thing. Let me know if Stan Walchuk Jr. has any more books out.” John Ward, Chisolm, Alberta