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Review – As Above, So Below: A Climbing Story

As Above, So Below is the short, fictional story of a father and son expedition to Patagonia's Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy. What begins as an attempt to reconcile the gap between teenage rebellion and old-school grit quickly turns into a tragic fight for survival and exploration of the self. [...]

Review: A Purpose Ridden, by Ryan Correy

Ryan Correy's honest memoir deconstructs an evolving father-son relationship, uncovers the struggles in becoming one of Canada’s most respected adventure cyclists and, in this revised edition, discusses the dramatic impact of his cancer diagnosis. [...]

Review: Searching for Mary Schäffer

Colleen Skidmore's latest book, Searching for Mary Schäffer, explores the life and works of one of the Rockies' most famous mountain women, and in the process sheds new light on Schäffer's persona, the stories that comprised her exciting life, and the people who crossed her path along the way. [...]

Review: Our Vanishing Glaciers

In Our Vanishing Glaciers, Bob Sandford takes on this formidable spectrum of objectives and succeeds, providing a wealth of information about ice in this warming world. In doing so Sandford frames an uncomfortable reality: Vanishing ice is not a future consideration. It is here, now. [...]

Review – Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey Into Deep Wild

In Crocodiles and Ice, acclaimed adventure writer Jon Turk ventures deep into the wilderness of Ellesmere Island and recounts memories of journeys past. Far beyond the adventure tales, however, the author endeavours to speak to the reader's heart and mind. One reviewer grapples with her own connection to Nature, to the author himself, and his quest for a more peaceful, sustainable planet. [...]

Review – Earth and Sky: Photographs and Stories from Montana and Alberta

Stephen Legault’s Earth and Sky spans 200 pages of stunning images of the Alberta and Montana foothills, paired with captivating narratives of lives that have interacted and developed meaning with these lands over centuries. A conservation activist, writer, and photographer, Legault provides a distinct perspective on the geology and history along the Rocky Mountain front – through national parks, iconic destinations, and everywhere in between. [...]

Review: Siren Call

It takes someone with personal experience – or excellent research skills – to write a book about a field so intricate and exciting as emergency response. Even better is someone who has both, and that's Graeme Pole. A Primary Care Paramedic for 27 years, Pole explores the lives of emergency responders in Banff National Park in his latest work of fiction, Siren Call. [...]

Review – The Pipestone Wolves: The Rise and Fall of a Wolf Family

In the Rocky Mountains we're no stranger to the impact that human behaviour has had on the wildlife that call this land home. But do we really know the full extent? Considering events that unfolded this past summer, Günther Bloch's The Pipestone Wolves: The Rise and Fall of a Wolf Family couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. [...]

Review: Through an Unknown Country

Authors Mike Murtha and Charles Helm retrace the 1874-1875 Jarvis-Hanington Winter Expedition through the Northern Rockies and position the explorers amongst some of the greatest in early Canadian history. [...]

Review and Excerpt – Heart Waters: Sources of the Bow

In Heart Waters (Rocky Mountain Books, 2015), best-selling author, naturalist, fly-fisherman and conservationist Kevin Van Tighem, along with his son, landscape photographer Brian Van Tighem, take the reader into the heart of the watershed located along the eastern slopes of the Continental Divide where the mighty Bow River is born. [...]

Review: Alpine Warriors

Fantastic research coupled with poetic and earnest storytelling from Bernadette McDonald creates Alpine Warriors, a wonderfully passionate account of mountaineering's unsung pioneers. [...]

A Youth Wasted Climbing: Interview with David Chaundy-Smart

No stranger to the world of climbing literature, David Chaundy-Smart and his recently published memoir, A Youth Wasted Climbing (Rocky Mountain Books), have already won the accolades of some of the most influential voices in the industry. In this interview, Lynn Martel gets behind-the-scenes with the author and digs into his writing process, his thoughts on climbing today, and how his adolescence has shaped him. [...]

20 Years of Classic Hikes: Graeme Pole

Few guidebooks truly stand the test of time. Even fewer call the industry to new models of guidebook publishing. Yet, Classic Hikes in the Canadian Rockies, by Graeme Pole, has done both of these things. Celebrating more than two decades in print, this guidebook does more than just point eager hikers in the right direction. In this review we tell you why we think it deserves a spot on your bookshelf. [...]

Review: Heart of the Himalaya

After capturing 22,000 images over the course of 33 years of travel in the Himalaya, Pat and Baiba Morrow’s intimate relationship with this region of the world culminates in Heart of the Himalaya. [...]