Adventurous 22-year-old George G. Shaw was determined to strike it rich in the Klondike gold fields. Shaw headed west from Vermont in 1894 to Seattle, then on to Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Here he braved the perils of wilderness travel - an unforgiving mountain pass, treacherous whitewater rapids - finally arriving in raucous Dawson City. In the Klondike, mining for gold challenged Shaw s considerable skills and strength, but he persevered, buoyed by his confidence and resourcefulness. After his gold-mining days, Shaw's adventures continued with a solo trek through remote Alaska and a storm-tossed whaling schooner voyage that landed him in Siberia. Shaw returned home after his seven-year sojourn with some money in his pockets and memories to last a lifetime. Over the years he savored and shared the vivid recollections of his personal experiences as a gold miner and traveler with his son, who wrote them down and compiled them into a manuscript. Now his eyewitness account of this colorful period in North American frontier history is available in this illustrated book with period photographs and additional images from the Library of Congress, as well as Shaw family photographs and Shaw's 1898 letter home from Dawson City.