The Glittering Mountains of Canada: A Record of Exploration and Pioneer Ascents in the Canadian Rockies, 1914-1924

The Glittering Mountains of Canada: A Record of Exploration and Pioneer Ascents in the Canadian Rockies, 1914-1924


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The Glittering Mountains of Canada: A Record of Exploration and Pioneer Ascents in the Canadian Rockies, 1914-1924 by J. Monroe Thorington

"This then is a book of mountaineering, not presenting the Canadian Rockies in their entirety — no single volume will ever do that — but including many of the finest things. It is also a book of mountain travel, under conditions such as perhaps the European traveller experienced in the Alps during the Eighteenth Century. Finally, it is a book of mountain history; for here is Geography in the making, and with a tradition behind it — a story that has never been properly gathered together, and whose details, in part at least, are gone forever." — from the Preface by J. Monroe Thorington

Cloth bound in slipcase. Archival illustrations, photos and maps throughout; 4 panoramic, fold-out plates and 1 large map. Limited to 200 copies.

Completely re-edited, re-designed and containing with an impressive collection of archival photos and maps, The Glittering Mountains of Canada is a must-read for anyone interested in mountain literature. The book's position in the pantheon of outdoor writing as a "classic" is only further enhanced and supported by the passionate Foreword by well-known mountain historian and environmental writer Robert William Sandford, who urges the contemporary reader to embrace Thorington's belief in the importance of landscape and the poetry of place. This is a book that deserves to be read and appreciated alongside the work of Wallace Stegner, Henry David Thoreau and Sid Marty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927330074
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Incorporated
Publication date: 06/28/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 307
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

J. Monroe Thorington (1895-1989) first ventured into the Canadian Rockies in 1914 and became one of the pre-eminent mountaineers and alpine scholars of his time, climbing extensively in the mountain ranges of British Columbia and Alberta, completing 52 first ascents and penning numerous guidebooks and journal articles on the mountains of western Canada. Thorington's finest work as an author can be found in this newly formatted masterpiece of North American mountaineering, along with the autobiography of Conrad Kain, Where the Clouds Can Go, originally published in 1935 and re-issued in a new edition by RMB in 2009.

Robert William Sandford is the EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of the United Nations "Water for Life" Decade and also sits on the Advisory Committee for the prestigious Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy. He is a director of the Western Watersheds Climate Research Collaborative, an associate of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan and a fellow of the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary. As well, he sits on the advisory board of Living Lakes Canada and is co-chair of the Forum for Leadership on Water and a member of the Advisory Panel for the RBC Blue Water Project. In 2011 he was invited to be an advisor on water issues by the InterAction Council, a global public policy think tank composed of more than 20 former national leaders, including Jean Chrétien, Bill Clinton and Vicente Fox.

Robert is the author of some 20 books on the history, heritage and landscape of the Canadian Rockies, including Water, Weather and the Mountain West (RMB, 2007), The Weekender Effect: Hyperdevelopment in Mountain Towns (RMB, 2008), Restoring the Flow: Confronting the World's Water Woes (RMB, 2009), Ethical Water: Learning to Value What Matters Most (RMB, 2011), Cold Matters: The State and Fate of Canada’s Fresh Water (RMB, 2012), Saving Lake Winnipeg (RMB, 2013), Flood Forecast: Climate Risk and Resiliency in Canada (RMB, 2014), and Storm Warning: Water and Climate Security in a Changing World (RMB, 2015). He is also the co-author of The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer (RMB, 2015) and The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity (RMB, 2015). Robert lives in Canmore, Alberta.

Table of Contents

Foreword: All That Glitters Is Not Old xv

Preface xlvii

Chapter I Lake Louise: The Entrance to the Northland 1

Chapter II Trails of the Waputik 7

Chapter III The Freshfield Group 19

Chapter IV The Mountains of the Alexandra Angle 33

Chapter V The Ascent of North Twin 45

Chapter VI Mount Saskatchewan and Mount Columbia 57

Chapter VII Passage of the Saskatchewan Glacier 65

Chapter VIII Athabaska Pass and the Voyageurs, 1811-1827 71

Chapter IX Athabaska Pass and the Voyageurs, 1846-1872 145

Chapter X Nineteenth Century Speculation in Regard to Altitude at Athabaska Pass 157

Chapter XI The Mountains of the Whirlpool 167

Chapter XII Climbs from the Scott Glacier 183

Chapter XIII The Ramparts and Mount Fraser 197

Chapter XIV In the Shadow of Mount Robson 215

Chapter XV Trail's End 233

Appendix A Summary of Ascents, Between Kicking Horse and Robson Passes, 1922-24 237

Appendix B Summarized Itinerary of Expeditions 241

Appendix C A List of Some of the Loftiest Triangulated Peaks of the Rocky Mountains of Canada 247

Appendix D The Freshfield Glacier, Canadian Rockies (By Howard Palmer) 249

Appendix E David Thompson and the First Crossing of Howse Pass 267

Appendix F The Panorama from Mt. Columbia 271

Appendix G A Note on the Original Journals of David Douglas 279

Notes 289

Index 301

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