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    • hunting and trapping,
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For I Have Seen the Golden Ram
My Life in The Omineca Wilderness
by Larry Erickson

Born in 1939, in Edmonton, Alberta, Larry Erickson loved the natural world, and it became his classroom. Mother Nature was his teacher. As soon as he could, Larry bought a trapline about 150 miles north of Fort St. James, BC, near Manson Creek in the Omineca Country where, surrounded by nature, he has lived with his dogs and horses. After a few years as a trapper and tree faller, he was able to purchase a guiding territory and start his own guide outfitting business called Alpine Outfitters, which he owned until 2021. There, in his old log cabin at 20-Mile, beneath Caribou Mountain, he lived with his dogs and, at times, over fifty horses. It was from that location that, with the help of employees and loved ones, Larry took clients on packing and hunting expeditions. In For I Have Seen the Golden Ram, Larry shares his remarkable stories of travelling by dog sled and camping in temperatures of forty below or colder while trapping, and he tells of taking clients on trips into the far reaches of Northern B.C. with a packtrain of horses. Larry shares his knowledge of the wonders of nature, much of which was untouched by man. The knowledge he gained from living in the wilderness, honed his philosophy of life in this quickly changing world. There remain very few people who have lived a life such as Larry’s and are still alive to tell their story; those who used dog teams, not snowmobiles, horses, not ATVs, and who lived off the land, only taking what they needed—those few people who have “seen the Golden Ram.”

Larry Erickson has lived in the wilderness since he was a young teenager and has over sixty seven years of wilderness living experience during which time he was a trapper, dog sled musher, guide-outfitter, packer, faller, horse dentist, and miner. Since his wife, Ingrid, passed away in 2021, Larry has lived alone in Manson Creek, B. C., from where he still keeps tabs on over twenty horses. June Wood is the author of Nechako Country: In the Footsteps of Bert Irvine (2007, Heritage House) and Home to the Nechako: The River and the Land (2013, Heritage House).


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