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"The Bitterroots" Book

"The Bitterroots" is a fascinating and vivid account of five elk hunters and Old Ballard (my hero!) whose truck broke down and became lost and snowed-in in the harsh Bitterroot Mountains of Central Idaho for 40 days in 1945. Miraculously, all survived and emerged from the woods on Thanksgiving Day. This is their story as written by Darrell, one of the hunting party members. Poetry and hand-drawn illustrations are interspersed throughout the book.

You are welcome to download a free PDF file for your personal use and to share with friends. Click on the image above to open the PDF.

Printed coil-bound editions are also available for purchase. Send $10 with your mailing address information to:
Foster Press
Attn: Maria Foster
430 91st Ave NE Ste 3
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
If you prefer to pay with a credit card over the phone, you may call Maria at Foster Press 425-334-9317.

Note! We are looking for newspaper articles and other verification to add to future printings to enhance the authenticity of this true story. If you have any related media please send an email to

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