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    Bears Without Fear Kevin Van Tighem Canada
    9781927330319 Paperback NATURE / Animals Publication Date:May 13, 2013
    $25.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.88 in | 580 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:24 Rocky Mountain Books
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      Fear of bears seems almost to be part of what it is to be human. Our species emerged out of the depths of time into a world already populated by these great carnivores. Before we mastered iron and later developed firearms, we had few defences against bears—only watchful caution and elaborate ceremonies and sacrifices to ward off fear.

      Where human populations grow, bears have traditionally dwindled or disappeared. But when we return to the wild, to places where bears still survive, all our primeval fears awaken again. The risk of an automobile accident on the way to bear country far outstrips the risk of a close-range encounter with a bear, but it’s the bear that worries us as we hurtle down the pavement at a hundred kilometres an hour.

      In this timely and sensitive book, Kevin Van Tighem calls on decades of experience, knowledge and understanding in order to enlighten readers about our relationship with and attitude toward bears. Along the way we are confronted with the realities confronting these great animals as a result of our ever-expanding human population and their ever-shrinking natural habitat. Through historical research, field observation, practical advice, personal anecdotes and an array of stunning photos, Van Tighem has written a comprehensive book that is meant to demystify bears in order to promote a deeper understanding of these powerful yet vulnerable creatures.

      Bio

      Kevin Van Tighem, a former superintendent at Banff National Park, has written more than 200 articles, stories and essays on conservation and wildlife which have garnered him many awards, including Western Magazine Awards, Outdoor Writers of Canada book and magazine awards and the Journey Award for Fiction. He is the author of Bears Without Fear (RMB 2013), The Homeward Wolf (RMB 2013) and Heart Waters: Sources of the Bow River (RMB 2015) and Our Place: Changing the Nature of Alberta (RMB 2017). He lives with his wife, Gail, in Canmore, Alberta.

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      Bears: Without Fear recognizes bears in their singularity, not as imaginary symbols, but as great creatures to be respected. Van Tighem's message is pragmatic and sound. At the root of it, he says that human beings have to properly sort out once and for all that we are not the centre of the universe, that our arrogance is destroying the very creatures that fascinate us and, ultimately, that our fetishization of animals forgets the alterity of these creatures. It forgets that bears have no clue at all that we think about them. They may have given up on us long ago, in fact.—Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Special to National Post

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    9781927330012 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Outdoor Skills On Sale Date:April 10, 2012
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.56 in | 540 gr | 280 pages Carton Quantity:30 RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      Prince George-based outdoors expert, Mike Nash, shares what he has learned about outdoor safety and survival during more than thirty years of year-round treks into the rugged backcountry of western Canada. This dynamic and up-to-date handbook discusses ways to prepare for and deal with any number of critical situations that may arise in remote and mountainous terrain and is packed with information on:

      • general safety principles
      • what to take with you
      • finding your way
      • coping with year-round weather conditions
      • unexpected overnight trips
      • wildlife encounters
      • communication strategies

      Interspersed with “reality checks,” the book aims to keep outdoor enthusiasts safe when travelling in the outdoors, all the while ensuring an appreciation of the many splendours that outdoor adventuring has to offer.

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      Mike Nash has 34 years of experience with outdoor and backcountry recreation in Prince George and northern British Columbia, and has been writing about the area in newsletters, magazines and a community newspapers for over a decade. Mike is the author of Exploring Prince George: A Guide to North Central B.C. Outdoors (RMB, 2007).

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    GPS Made Easy Using Global Positioning Systems in the Outdoors Lawrence Letham Canada, Alex Letham
    9781897522059 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Outdoor Skills Publication Date:May 21, 2008
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.44 in | 260 gr | 200 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      GPS Made Easy tells you all you need to know about using handheld GPS receivers as a tool for accurate navigation in the outdoors. It explains how GPS works, describes the features of GPS receivers, and gives practical examples of how to use GPS receivers in a variety of outdoor situations.

      This book is for you if:

      • You own a GPS receiver
      • You are considering buying a GPS receiver
      • You work in remote, featureless areas
      • You sea kayak, or canoe wilderness rivers
      • You hunt, fish or drive in the backcountry
      • You ski, climb or hike above treeline
      • You explore in the Polar regions
      • You go any place where navigation is tricky
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      The author, Lawrence Letham, lives in Arizona and is an avid camper and hiker who has always been fascinated by maps and by the art of navigation. An electrical engineer, who designs integrated circuits, his favourite outdoor tool is his GPS receiver.



      Alex Letha, a bioengineer and medical student, mountain bikes, hikes, kayaks and snowboards regularly. Alex lives in Arizona.

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    Wild Horses, Wild Wolves Legends at Risk at the Foot of the Canadian Rockies Maureen Enns Canada
    9781927330234 Hardcover NATURE / Animals Publication Date:June 03, 2013
    $40.00 CAD 9.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 1220 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:12 RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      Established in 1967, the Ghost River Wilderness Area, located along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in southern Alberta, is one of only three provincially designated wilderness areas in the province. As such, it is supposed to have the strictest form of government protection available in Canada, with development, motorized transportation and recreational activities either tightly controlled or altogether forbidden. This has not been the case, however.

      It is in this beautiful, threatened and geographically remote area that Maureen Enns, a well-known artist, author, educator and conservationist, has come to discover an incredible world inhabited by wild horses, one of the region’s most elusive and iconic creatures. Descendants of the original settlers of the area have been known to describe the “wildies” of the Ghost Wilderness as ugly, nondescript, Roman-nosed and useless animals. But such descriptions stand in sharp contrast to some of the athletic and beautiful stallions, mares and foals that Enns has encountered.

      Using a stunning combination of drawn and painted images, conventional and remote photography (using hidden cameras activated by heat or motion) and traditional stories told by Peigan and Stoney Nakoda people, Enns invites the reader to join her as she untangles old myths regarding Alberta’s heritage and reveals some uncomfortable realities facing the province in the 21st century.

      The wild horses, wolves, moose, deer and bear profiled in this book have had little contact with humankind. As communities, developers and governments struggle to understand the impacts of conservation, recreation and development in sacred places, it is becoming more and more difficult to keep the “wild” in wild animals. This project is passionate plea for understanding, conservation and action.

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      Maureen Enns is an internationally renowned artist, educator, conservationist and co-author of Grizzly Heart: Living without Fear among the Brown Bears of Kamchatka, Grizzly Kingdom: An Artist’s Encounter and Grizzly Seasons: Life with the Brown Bears of Kamchatka. She is well known for her groundbreaking, experimental research concerning human co-existence with grizzly bears in Russia’s Far East and has been the subject of numerous TV documentaries, including Games End (1990), Grizzly Kingdom (1993), Walking With Giants (2001) and Wild Horses of the Canadian Rockies (2007). Born in British Columbia, Maureen lives in Banff, Alberta, with her partner, Rick Kunelius. Her studio is located along the Ghost River. Please visit maureenennsstudioltd.com.

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    9781927330548 Hardcover NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection Publication Date:October 01, 2012
    $39.95 CAD 11 x 8.75 x 0.75 in | 1200 gr | 176 pages Carton Quantity:10 RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      This second edition of Peter Dettling’s stunning, bestselling and highly controversial book The Will of the Land, which earned the praise of Farley Mowat, Ben Gadd, Doug Peacock, Canadian Geographic Magazine and Outdoor Photography Canada, features a new afterword by the author that updates readers on the continuing plight of the fragile ecosystem that exists in one of North America’s most renowned, popular and threatened natural spaces. .

      Peter Dettling first visited Canada’s internationally renowned Rocky Mountains national parks as a Swiss tourist in 1993. Immediately, he fell in love with the untouched wilderness, breathtaking landscapes, diverse flora and abundant animal life, all seemingly free from human intervention and manipulation. .

      With wide-eyed exuberance, Dettling moved to the heart of the Canadian Rockies in 2003, working as an artist and nature photographer. For years he documented the beauty and splendour of life in the mountains of western Canada, selling his art and photography to countless tourists and locals. In time, however, he gained insight into the realities of nature’s growing struggle against developing tourism, ill-conceived transportation routes and questionable wildlife management practices.

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      Peter A. Dettling is an award-winning photographer whose passion for nature has taken him from the Galapagos Islands to Canada’s Far North, and from the US Grand Canyon to the Swiss Alps. His images have been published in many international magazines and books and featured in gallery shows across North America and Europe, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

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      ...an even-handed book that nonetheless leaves the reader shaking with rage. That anger must be focused to become effective; it begins, as Dettling points out, in our own passive hearts that stand silently by as oil exploration, housing development and transportation interests lobby local and provincial governments into complicity against the ecological integrity of the wildlife not only of Banff but of Alberta as a whole. Only in June 2010, for example, did the provincial government belatedly list Alberta's grizzly bears as threatened—a population that may already be doomed. Dettling's story is a microcosm of that blindness. This beautiful, compelling book should make you mad as hell.—Doug Peacock, author of Grizzly Years, Walking It Off and The Essential Grizzly


      Peter Dettling takes the best damn pics of the Other creatures of anyone I know on our planet. They are windows through the barriers we have built between ourselves and the Others. Through Peter's windows we experience the heart, guts and soul of these, our fellow Beings, and cannot but realize that they and we are of one blood. And that they deserve — must have —our sympathy and understanding if they are to survive the witless ruin we are making of their land and ours. This book speaks for them and their desperate need as no other I have seen for many years has done.—Farley Mowat, author of People of the Deer, Never Cry Wolf, A Whale for the Killing, Gorillas in the Mist, and Eastern Passage


      Wolves and bears versus bureaucrats and big business — that's the situation in Banff National Park. Peter Dettling has seen it firsthand and he tells it like it is. Part nature-writing, part wildlife biology and part polemic, The Will of the Land is extraordinary, a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of wildlife in the national parks of the Rockies.—Ben Gadd, naturalist, guide and author of Canadian Rockies Geology Road Tours, Handbook of the Canadian Rockies and The Canadian Hiker's and Backpacker's Handbook

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    Wolves Unleashed Andrew Simpson Canada
    9781927330173 Hardcover NATURE / Animals Publication Date:October 01, 2012
    $39.95 CAD 9 x 11.3 x 0.95 in | 1320 gr | 216 pages Carton Quantity:8 Canadian Rights: Y RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      Along with the internationally acclaimed and award-winning documentary film upon which this book is based, Wolves Unleashed takes the reader on an amazing journey that looks closely at Andrew Simpson’s relationship with one of nature’s most elusive, mythical and misunderstood animals.

      As a professional animal trainer for the film industry, and having worked for almost every major Hollywood studio on over 100 productions, Andrew deals with numerous species on a regular basis. Thanks to his unique, personal affection for wolves and his worldwide reputation, he was asked to travel to Siberia to make one of the biggest wolf films ever produced, Loup (2009). Travelling from western Canada, Andrew, along with his team of handlers and the wolves he had raised since birth, stayed in a remote camp deep in the Siberian mountains of Russia, enduring harsh conditions in one of the coldest places on earth. Each day brought a new set of challenges, and Simpson was forced to reflect upon the impact that such a production would have on his relationship with his canid family.

      At its core, Wolves Unleashed is about Simpson’s deep connection with the wolves he loves. The story reveals his emotional struggles as he wrestles with the decision to use his unique relationship against the animals and jeopardize the years spent building trust. As the pack overcomes their wild instincts in order to perform, it becomes clear that the bond between wolf and man is a testament to their mutual dedication and love.

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      Andrew Simpson was born and raised in Scotland and travelled around the world several times before settling in Canada and finding his calling as a professional animal trainer for the film industry. His current project is working in China with internationally acclaimed director Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Name of the Rose, Seven Years in Tibet and Enemy at the Gates) on the highly anticipated film adaptation of the Chinese novel Wolf Totem, by Jiang Rong.

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    Gillean Daffern's Kananaskis Country Trail Guide - 4th Edition Volume 3: The Ghost—Bow Valley—Canmore—Spray Gillean Daffern Canada
    9781927330036 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Hiking Publication Date:July 15, 2013
    $26.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.69 in | 580 gr | 344 pages Carton Quantity:24 RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      With over 100,000 copies of the previous editions sold, Gillean Daffern’s bestselling hiking guides to Kananaskis Country have been completely reformatted, revised and updated. As the pre-eminent expert on the area, the author continues to offer something for every level of foot-traveller, be they novice or experienced hikers, scramblers or backpackers. Gillean’s clear and detailed text, enhanced with colour photos and maps, enables everyone to navigate safely through this complex and beautiful area.

      • NEW! The original two volumes have been extended into five exhaustively researched books.
      • NEW! Each new volume includes exciting and previously unpublished trails and routes.
      • NEW! All maps have been completely redrawn and enhanced.
      • NEW! Full-colour photographs throughout do justice to the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies.

      Bio

      Gillean Daffern has explored Kananaskis Country for decades and understands its landscape and history intimately throughout every season of the year. She has also been writing and publishing bestselling trail guides to Kananaskis Country for over 30 years and is the author of the renowned five-volume series Gillean Daffern’s Kananaskis Country Trail Guide, which is now in its 4th edition and has sold well over 100,000 copies since it was first published in 1979. She also travels to mountain areas outside of Kananaskis Country, and in particular enjoys visiting countries off the beaten tourist path. Gillean is the co-founder of Rocky Mountain Books and, along with her husband, Tony Daffern, was awarded the Banff Mountain Festival’s Summit of Excellence Award in 2006. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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    Gillean Daffern's Kananaskis Country Trail Guide - 4th Edition Volume 4: Sheep—Gorge Creek—North Fork Gillean Daffern Canada
    9781927330098 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Hiking Publication Date:June 15, 2012
    $26.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 400 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:44 RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      With over 100,000 copies of the previous editions sold, Gillean Daffern’s bestselling hiking guides to Kananaskis Country have been completely reformatted, revised and updated. As the pre-eminent expert on the area, the author continues to offer something for every level of foot-traveller, be they novice or experienced hikers, scramblers or backpackers. Gillean’s clear and detailed text, enhanced with colour photos and maps, enables everyone to navigate safely through this complex and beautiful area.

      • NEW! The original two volumes have been extended into five exhaustively researched books.
      • NEW! Each new volume includes exciting and previously unpublished trails and routes.
      • NEW! All maps have been completely redrawn and enhanced.
      • NEW! Full-colour photographs throughout do justice to the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies.

      Bio

      Gillean Daffern has explored Kananaskis Country for decades and understands its landscape and history intimately throughout every season of the year. She has also been writing and publishing bestselling trail guides to Kananaskis Country for over 30 years and is the author of the renowned five-volume series Gillean Daffern’s Kananaskis Country Trail Guide, which is now in its 4th edition and has sold well over 100,000 copies since it was first published in 1979. She also travels to mountain areas outside of Kananaskis Country, and in particular enjoys visiting countries off the beaten tourist path. Gillean is the co-founder of Rocky Mountain Books and, along with her husband, Tony Daffern, was awarded the Banff Mountain Festival’s Summit of Excellence Award in 2006. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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    Gillean Daffern's Kananaskis Country Trail Guide - 4th Edition Volume 2: West Bragg—The Elbow—The Jumpingpound Gillean Daffern Canada
    9781897522776 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Hiking Publication Date:May 15, 2011
    $26.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.56 in | 460 gr | 280 pages Carton Quantity:36 RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      With over 100,000 copies of the previous editions sold, Gillean Daffern’s bestselling hiking guides to Kananaskis Country have been completely reformatted, revised and updated. As the pre-eminent expert on the area, the author continues to offer something for every level of foot-traveller, be they novice or experienced hikers, scramblers or backpackers. Gillean’s clear and detailed text, enhanced with colour photos and maps, enables everyone to navigate safely through this complex and beautiful area.

      NEW! The previous two volumes have been extended into five exhaustively researched books.

      NEW! Each new volume includes exciting and previously unpublished trails and routes.

      NEW! All maps have been completely redrawn and enhanced.

      NEW! Full-colour photographs throughout do justice to the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies.

      Bio

      Gillean Daffern has explored Kananaskis Country for decades and understands its landscape and history intimately throughout every season of the year. She has also been writing and publishing bestselling trail guides to Kananaskis Country for over 30 years and is the author of the renowned five-volume series Gillean Daffern’s Kananaskis Country Trail Guide, which is now in its 4th edition and has sold well over 100,000 copies since it was first published in 1979. She also travels to mountain areas outside of Kananaskis Country, and in particular enjoys visiting countries off the beaten tourist path. Gillean is the co-founder of Rocky Mountain Books and, along with her husband, Tony Daffern, was awarded the Banff Mountain Festival’s Summit of Excellence Award in 2006. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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    Gillean Daffern's Kananaskis Country Trail Guide - 4th Edition Vol. 1: Kananaskis Valley—Kananaskis Lakes—Elk Lakes—Smith-Dorrien Gillean Daffern Canada
    9781897522769 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Hiking Publication Date:June 01, 2010
    $26.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.69 in | 540 gr | 320 pages Carton Quantity:32 RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      With over 100,000 copies of the previous editions sold, Gillean Daffern’s bestselling hiking guides to Kananaskis Country have been completely reformatted, revised and updated. As the pre-eminent expert on the area, the author continues to offer something for every level of foot-traveller, be they novice or experienced hikers, scramblers or backpackers. Gillean’s clear and detailed text, enhanced with colour photos and maps, enables everyone to navigate safely through this complex and beautiful area.

      NEW! The previous two volumes have been extended into five exhaustively researched books.

      NEW! Each new volume includes exciting and previously unpublished trails and routes.

      NEW! All maps have been completely redrawn and enhanced.

      NEW! Full-colour photographs throughout do justice to the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies.

      Bio

      Gillean Daffern has explored Kananaskis Country for decades and understands its landscape and history intimately throughout every season of the year. She has also been writing and publishing bestselling trail guides to Kananaskis Country for over 30 years and is the author of the renowned five-volume series Gillean Daffern’s Kananaskis Country Trail Guide, which is now in its 4th edition and has sold well over 100,000 copies since it was first published in 1979. She also travels to mountain areas outside of Kananaskis Country, and in particular enjoys visiting countries off the beaten tourist path. Gillean is the co-founder of Rocky Mountain Books and, along with her husband, Tony Daffern, was awarded the Banff Mountain Festival’s Summit of Excellence Award in 2006. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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