In 1834, Osborne Russell joined an expedition from Boston, under the direction of Nathaniel J. Wyeth, which proceeded to the Rocky Mountains to capitalize on the salmon and fur trade. He would remain there, hunting, trapping, and living off the land, for the next nine years. Journal of a Trapper
is his remarkable account of that time as he developed into a seasoned veteran of the mountains and experienced trapper.
"Perhaps the best account of the fur trapper in the Rocky Mountains when the trade there was at its peak." - Aubrey L. Haines.