New books: “Ruthie’s Trails” and others

Many of you probably remember Ruthie Oltmann as houseparent at Ribbon Creek hostel, or have met her at various information centers within Kananaskis Country, or have read her books. (See Ruthie’s Website for books still in print.) Here at last is her autobiography, appropriately named Ruthie’s Trails. A Lifetime of Adventure. On the front  cover is a picture of Ruthie on Ruthie’s Trail in the Ribbon Creek network of ski trails.

Ruthies Trails CoverAs expected,  a large chunk of the action  takes place in Kananaskis Country  because this is where Ruthie worked from the 1970s right up to her retirement in 2000. Interspersed are stories about  people she worked with, and with entries from her hiking journals and other publications. And I suspect this is why most people will buy this book, not just to read an autobiography starting with her early years in Ontario, but to learn more about her role in Kananaskis Country‘s recent history.

The book is privately published by Mount Fable Press and is available at  independent bookstores such as Cafe Books and Second Story Books in Canmore, and at Pages, Logos and Owls Nest bookstores in Calgary. There will also be signings at information centres in June. For confirmation of dates see Ruthie’s Website.

This is an amazing week for new books!

Just published is the 9th 40th anniversary edition of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson. Included are a number of trails in Pater Lougheed and Spray Valley provincial parks. (Interestingly, Indefatigable trail  has been removed! from this edition.) This last weekend there was an anniversary party at the Whyte Museum in Banff to celebrate the event. It was also the  official opening of the exhibit “A Retrospective of Canadian Rockies’ Trail Guides” that runs until  May 30.

Also check out Graeme Pole’s  information crammed Classic Hikes in the Canadian Rockies. This second edition includes 7 hikes in K Country.

Volume 2 of the Kananaskis Country Trail Guide (Elbow and Jumpingpound) should be in stores this week. There may be an informal get-together at MEC later this month. Will contact everyone who contributed when I can give you a firm date.

All we need now is for the snow to go…

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  • Gillean Daffern May 31, 2011, 5:36 pm

    Update on Ruthie’s book:

    Book signings: June 18th at 9:00 a.m. at Barrier Lake Visitor Centre and 11:30 a.m. at Peter Lougheed Park Visitor Centre.

    The following stores now have the book:
    Sundance Lodges – Hwy. 40
    Fortress Junction Service Station – Hwy. 40
    Mount Kidd RV Park – Hwy. 40
    Kananaskis Outfitters – Kananaskis Village
    Second Story Books – Canmore
    Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre – Canmore
    Cafe Books – Canmore – sometimes

  • Gillean Daffern May 4, 2011, 10:52 am

    Re the KCTG. Volume 3 (Ghost-Bow valley area) will probably be out last because of the vast amount of trail construction going on near Canmore. So right now I am working on Vol. 4 (Sheep) which will be out next year.

  • Rachel May 3, 2011, 2:26 pm

    Interesting. As the CRTG has always contained only the official trails, and rarely unofficial routes in the parks, it makes sense to me that they have removed what is no longer an official or encouraged trail.

    What is the timeline on the other volumes of the KCTG? Are Volumes 3 and 4 still anticipated for later this year, or have they all been moved back a while?

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