The Bold and Cold A History of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies by Brandon Pullan Release Date: 23/03/2016 ISBN 9781771601153 7.5 x 10 inches 264 pages hardcover $45.00 (CAD)
Shortlisted for the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival award for Mountain & Wilderness Literature. Winner of a Special Jury Mention.
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.
The Bold and Cold: A History of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies by Brandon Pullan 9781771601160 BISAC: SPO029000 BISAC: TRV001000 BISAC: TRV006050 ebook
Brandon Pullan...provides a sustained look at the iconoclastic and unknown climbers who led the world in technical ascents on ice, rock, and on the mixed climb — that most peculiar Canadian feature consisting of remorseless ice, snow, and rock.—Rod Szasz, The Ormsby Review
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