Climber's Paradise: Making Canada's Mountain Parks, 1906-1974

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University of Alberta, Dec 15, 2014 - Nature - 432 pages
The mountain parks are for all Canadians for all time and their value cannot be measured in terms of how many access roads, motels, souvenir shops and golf courses we've provided. -Bob Jordan, 1971 The Alpine Club of Canada imagined the Rockies and neighbouring ranges to the west and the north as a "climber's paradise." Through a century of adventure and advocacy, the ACC led the way to mountain pursuits in spectacular regions. Historian and mountain studies specialist PearlAnn Reichwein's research is informed by her experiences mountaineering and by her interest in mountain culture. She presents a compelling case for understanding wild spaces and human activity within them as parts of a whole. A work of invaluable scholarship in the areas of environmental history, public policy, sport studies, recreation, and tourism, Climber's Paradise will appeal to many non-specialists, mountaineers, environmentalists, and travellers across Canada and beyond.
 

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Contents

2 Canadas Alpine Club
13
3 Mountaineering Camp in the Tented Town
59
4 Advocacy for Canadas Hetch Hetchy
119
5 Conservation Sport Tactics and War Measures
153
6 Limitless Playgrounds?
197
7 Belonging in Mountain Landscapes
255
Reconnections in a Living World
295
Appendices
311
Notes
317
References
359
Index
393
About the Author
403
Other Titles from The University of Alberta Press
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PearlAnn Reichwein is Associate Professor at the University of Alberta where she teaches Canadian history, environmental history, and leisure philosophy. Her early work with Parks Canada as a research historian, cultural resource planner, and heritage interpreter living in Banff and Yoho national parks enriched her understanding of mountain landscapes.

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