The Bold and Cold: A History of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies

Rocky Mountain Books Ltd
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Over the past 100 years, climbers have been pushing standards in the Canadian Rockies. From long alpine ridges to steep north faces, the Rockies are synonymous with cutting-edge ascents. Peaks such as Robson, Chephren, Kitchener, the Twins and Alberta elude the many and reward the few. Many of the big faces were climbed between the 1960s and 1990, the golden age of alpinism in the Rockies. The men and women who first were part of that set high standards.

Future alpinists read old journals and guidebooks, hoping to experience what the alpine "pioneers" did. For most, the Rockies require a certain edge that comes with age, humiliation and failure. Perhaps the ones who drink the most whisky, dream of the biggest peaks and sleep with snowballs in their hands are the ones rewarded with the momentary triumph of coming to a draw with one of these mountains.

This is not a guidebook. Rather, it is a narrative history by the people who risked life and limb to establish these long, difficult and sometimes scary climbs.

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About the author

Brandon Pullan graduated from Ontario’s Lakehead University and moved to Canmore, Alberta, shortly after finishing his studies. He started writing for publications in the late ’90s and is now editor-in-chief of Gripped, Canada’s climbing magazine. He has over 100 published articles in print, and countless contributions can also be found online. His alpine pursuits have introduced him to dozens of legendary climbers and mentors, motivating him to compile and archive collections of stories from this older generation of mountaineering greats.

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Publisher
Rocky Mountain Books Ltd
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Published on
Mar 18, 2016
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Pages
264
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ISBN
9781771601160
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Language
English
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Genres
Sports & Recreation / Mountaineering
Travel / Canada / Western Provinces (AB, BC)
Travel / Special Interest / Adventure
Travel / United States / West / Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY)
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