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.
As 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…