Larry, thanks for mentioning the connection to Smoke Blanchard and Denis, thanks for mentioning the book. I should finish it today.
What those guys were doing back then--in the thirties, forties and fifties especially, in the snow, with crude, heavy equipment, is amazing. Inspirational. Smoke himself was quite a character and a pretty good writer, too. I've enjoyed the book very much.
I got the book on an interlibrary loan. It came from Lake County, CA, in case anyone else wants to borrow it.
Thanks again for mentioning it.