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

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"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



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.

 

About J. Monroe Thorington

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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. Bob Sandford is the author or editor of some 20 books on the history and heritage of the Canadian West. He began his work with UN-linked initiatives as chair of the United Nations International Year of Mountains in 2002. He also chaired the United Nations International Year of Fresh Water and Wonder of Water Initiative in Canada in 2003/04. These celebrations focused on the growing importance of water to ecological and cultural heritage in Canada. Bob is presently chair of the United Nations International Decade Water for Life Partnership in Canada, an initiative that aims to advance long-term water quality and availability issues in response to climate change in this country and abroad. He is also director of the Western Watersheds Climate Research Collaborative, a research and public-policy arm of the University of Lethbridge that promotes understanding of climate impacts on river systems originating in the Rocky Mountains. Bob was the first Canadian to be invited to sit on the advisory committee for the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy, a biennial global public-policy forum that examines solutions to our planets water crisis.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Rocky Mountain Books. 356 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Romance. Non-fiction

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