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  • Keywords
    • Travel by canoe in the Canadian Shield,
    • Staking Mineral Claims in the 1970's,
    • Freshwater commercial fishing in the NWT,
    • Northern Canada Memoir,
    • Yellowknife Memoir,
    • Modern Prospector,
    • Northwest Territories

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Prospecting in the Northwest Territories
1970, A Season Remembered
by Lee Moldenhauer

It was a different time. In 1970, the hippie culture was still going strong, and young people were ready to take on the world. It was a time of getting back to the land, jumping in a VW van to tour the country—without wearing seatbelts, and listening to songs like Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild” on a transistor radio. Against this backdrop, Lee Moldenhauer, a twenty-one-year-old geology student jumps at the chance to do some prospecting in the wilds of the Northwest Territories with three friends under conditions that are almost unimaginable today. After taking a floatplane into the bush, the four are left to fend for themselves with food supplies, basic camping equipment, and some geological maps. Without a two-way radio or even lifejackets, they set about canoeing and portaging their way back to Yellowknife while staking claims and looking for mineral deposits over the summer. Prospecting in the Northwest Territories is the entertaining and engaging true story of the author and his friends’ adventures that summer. These include tackling terrifying rapids, losing half of their equipment in a canoe accident, and the author getting lost without any food or warm clothing. Yet despite these hardships, Lee Moldenhauer looks back fondly on these adventures with his friends, the beauty of the North, and the thrill of living rough in the bush and being able to survive by counting on their wits and each other. Part memoir, part travel story, and part adventure story, this fascinating read will leave you asking yourself, “Could I have done that?”

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Lee Moldenhauer was raised in the rural community of Dapp, Alberta, and then went on to earn his Geology degree at the University of Alberta. His education and the experience he gained while prospecting in the Northwest Territories shaped the rest of his career and life. He spent four more seasons prospecting in the Northwest Territories, three of those working for mining companies there. He then became involved in the oil industry doing well-site geology. Lee’s sense of adventure never abated, and he has remained an avid traveller throughout his life. Now retired, he splits his time between Alberta and Chicago, where his wife is still working. Lee and his wife have teenage twins, who grew up hearing about Lee’s tales of living in the bush and were the impetus for him to share his stories with others.


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