Jim Clyman, tall, blue-eyed, and lean, was as poetic as his native Blue Ridge Mountains and as rugged as the wild lands he and his family prepared to cross in 1807. A true frontiersman, Jim Clyman spanned the West in his capacity of trapper and explorer. An intrepid fighter, he served in myriad Indian campaigns, winning the respect of his own men and of the Indians he fought, never succumbing to blind hatred of the Red Man, but treating them with impeccable fairness. The first man to explore Salt Lake and part of the Oregon Trail, a member of the group which explored the South Pass and exploited it for means of trade, Clyman's life spanned nearly a century, a life commensurate in achievement with that of the country to which it was largely dedicated. A sympathetic biography well documented with details of the west in the nineteenth century. By the author of Jedediah Smith.