K-Country Books

This is the book that got everybody scrambling way back in 1991 and  paved the way for more scramble guidebooks across Canada.  It’s 25 years on and the much anticipated third edition is finally here, weighing in at 440 pages! There are hundreds of new color photos to drool over  and an interesting use of color to delineate the 13 different areas between Waterton and Jasper.  Five of those areas describe Kananaskis Country peaks.

New Lawrence Grassi Biography

Rising above Canmore is Mount Lawrence Grassi. Nearby are two exquisite tarns known as Grassi Lakes. In town, his name graces a subdivision, a road, and even a school. So who was this Canmore icon? To find out I urge you to read Lawrence Grassi From Piedmont to the Rocky Mountains by Elio Costa and Gabriele Scardellato.

I keep wanting to write More Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies SOUTH. You should know that very few scrambles are described in Banff and Yoho parks, and none at all in Jasper and Kootenay. The vast majority range from K Country down to Waterton. Having got that out of the way, I can report that [...]

The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association (GBCTA) has produced an attractive map of Bragg Creek and area trails covering all but one of the multi-use, mountain bike, ski and snowshoe trails from the Kananaskis Country Boundary to just west of Moose Mountain Road, and from highway 66 to the north end of Telephone Loop. I [...]

Ernst first saw the Rockies as a POW at  Camp 130 in the Kananaskis Valley and was hooked. After the war he returned, met his wife here and  raised a family. All the while he continued to enjoy the mountains, he and his wife taking up scrambling in their 70s when most people are going [...]

Book Signings for Volume 3 of the KCTG

BANFF Saturday, November 2 at the Banff Centre, room LF222. Time 11-12 noon plus CANMORE  Saturday, November 16 at Cafe Books. Time 12-3 COCHRANE  Third week in December sometime at Bentley’s Books. CALGARY Saturday, 14 December at MEC. Time 11-3 The December date in Calgary is awfully late for those of you living in Calgary [...]

Wild Horses, Wild Wolves. Legends at risk at the foot of the Canadian Rockies by Maureen Enns. Published by Rocky Mountain Books. The book is being launched this Thursday, June 20th,  between 5 & 8 pm at the Masters Gallery at 2115-4th St. SW. For six years the author has been riding into the Horse Lake, [...]

New biking guide to Kananaskis Country

Find the Hidden Treasures: A Guide to Mountain Bike Trails in Kananaskis Country by Peter Oprsal is here just in time for spring.  The book is written in the style of Peter’s first book Bow Valley Mountain Bike Trail Guide, but is bigger and better in every way, featuring a well thought out  layout, colour [...]

New Guide Book for Beginner Snowshoers

A Beginner’s Guide to Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies by Andrew Nugara, is his second book on the topic.  The format is the same: introductory material on how-to and equipment followed by a guide to easy snowshoe trails ranging from Waterton N.P. to  the north end of Banff  N.P. The majority of trails and routes [...]

The Ghost River area contains hundreds of rock climbs to suit all abilities. Andy Genereux, prolific local climber and author of Yamnuska Rock has produced a new guide to the Ghost, replacing his earlier book, Ghost Rock. Check out his Ghost River Productions for more details.

Gillean’s new volume covering the Sheep River west of Turner Valley also Gorge Creek and North Fork (Threepoint Creek). It’s available at most of the regular stores in the area, though I am not sure if MEC’s stock has arrived from their warehouse in Vancouver. At 240 pages and 73 trails, many with variations and [...]

Thursday, May 31st, 2012 @ 7:00 PM – Renfrew Community Hall, 811 Radford Road NE, Calgary I have read this novel from the earliest draft and can tell you you’re in for an entertaining read. It is well-plotted — not as far fetched as you may imagine — with a cast of characters you may recognize. [...]

Just out: Bow Valley Mountain Bike Trail Guide by Peter  Oprsal, who many of you know as the creator of bikepirate web site. Covers  Lake Louise through Banff to the Canmore area, and includes such classics as Reclaimer, Riders of Rohan and the Benchland trails. Right now there is nothing written up  east of Canmore. [...]

Snowshoeing Guide is here

An attractive looking book with excellent writing and colour photos, some with the routes marked on, and good topo maps at the back of book with routes marked on in red. There is a section at the beginning on equipment, technique, etiquette  and avalanche hazard and an appendix on snowshoeing on the Wapta and Columbia Icefields. Routes are described by highway starting in Waterton National Park and range up through the Rockies to the north edge of Banff National Park.

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