Exploring The Castle: Discovering The Backbone of the World in Southern Alberta

Exploring The Castle: Discovering The Backbone of the World in Southern Alberta

by Robert Kershaw



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Exploring The Castle: Discovering The Backbone of the World in Southern Alberta by Robert Kershaw

In 1901, naturalist George Bird Grinnell took note of an extensive network of mountains, ridges, valleys, lakes and rivers on both sides of the Continental Divide from northern Montana into southern British Columbia and Alberta . Disregarding political boundaries, he named it “The Crown of the Continent.” Grinnell was obviously inspired by the region’s majestic landscape and the wildlife it sustained. He also recognized the need to conserve it. But while “Crown of the Continent” speaks eloquently of the region’s beauty with more than a passing nod to European monarchy and history, the Blackfeet name carries a more vital and universal meaning: ‘Mo’kakiikin’, the ‘backbone of the world.’ At the heart of this complex landscape lies the Castle Wilderness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781897522042
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Robert Kershaw is a freelance communications consultant, writer and photographer. After graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Communications Studies, Rob moved to Pincher Creek where he worked as a ranch hand and co-owned a small communications company that published the Waterton-Glacier Views, a weekly newspaper concerned with community development, conservation and environmental issues.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     6
Discovering the Backbone of the World     11
Introduction/Preface     12
The Castle: Still a Wild Place     15
Building the Backbone     33
A Land Inhabited     42
Putting the Castle on the Modern Map: The Traders and Explorers     56
Limitless Land or Last Best West?     71
A Landscape Divided     78
The Castle Today, The Castle Tomorrow: Reimagining and Restoring     92
Home in the Castle: Living on the Margins     95
The Castle's Physical Presence     106
Ecoregions     119
Has It Given Enough? Threats Facing the Castle     129
The Trail Ahead     138
An Invitation to Hike the Castle     140
The Trail Guide     143
How to Use this Guide     144
Hazards and Concerns     146
Hiking Tips/What to Pack     149
Trails + Routes     150
Upper Carbondale Drainage     152
West Castle Valley Hikes     182
South Castle Valley Hikes     207
Front Range Hikes     226
Recreation Activities     240
Winter Recreation     242
Bibliography     246
Index     249
About the Author     256

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