Pioneers Pan Phillips and his partner Rich Hobson carved their places in ranching history when they discovered grass beyond the mountains in the far reaches of the Chilcotin and founded some of the most isolated ranches in North America. Thanks to a series of hugely popular books written by Hobson, their exploits became the stuff of legend and the hawk-sed Phillips became one of Canada's enduring folk heroes. But if a man had to be tough to survive some of the roughest living in creation, what did a young girl have to be? This is the story of Pan Phillips' youngest daughter Diana, who learned to trap muskrat when she was little more than a toddler, worked with haying crews before she was into her teens and was rewned far and wide as the only person feisty eugh to best her legendary father in a slanging match. Diana relives what was surely one of the most extraordinary upbringings in recorded history, recalling the most intricate aspects of life on a pioneer ranch with uncanny detail. In time Phillips became a masterful rancher herself and continued the life on her own ranch. Beyond the Chilcotin is both an unparalleled chronicle of the old time rancher's annual round and the testament of a remarkable woman.
Diana Phillips grew up on an isolated ranch with her famous father, Pan Phillips. Her love of the country and cattle kept her in the same area till 2004, when she sold her ranch and moved to Vanderhoof. She has three sons and ten grandchildren all living in the area and still works in the cattle industry. Phillips began writing Beyond the Chilcotin in 2000; this is her first published work.