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    The Real Thing The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan Briony Penn Canada
    9781771600705 Paperback NATURE / Ecology Publication Date: October 15, 2015
    $30.00 CAD 6 x 9.25 x 1.5 in | 640 pages Carton Quantity: 10 RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      The Real Thing is the first official biography of Ian McTaggart Cowan (1910–2010), the “father of Canadian ecology.” Authorized by his family and with the research support and participation of the University of Victoria Libraries, Briony Penn provides an unprecedented and accessible window into the story of this remarkable naturalist. From his formative years roaming the mountains around Vancouver looking for venison to his last years finishing the voluminous and authoritative Birds of British Columbia, Cowan’s life provides a unique perspective on a century of environmental change—with a critical message for the future.

      As the head and founder of the first university-based wildlife department in Canada, Ian McTaggart Cowan revolutionized the way North Americans understood the natural world, and students flocked into his classrooms to hear his brilliant, entertaining lectures regarding the new science of ecology.

      During his academic career, Ian McTaggart Cowan stepped outside the narrow confines of academia to pioneer nature television. His television programs in the 1950s and ’60s, Fur and Feathers, The Web of Life and The Living Sea, made him a household name around the world by capturing the first microscopic organisms on TV and bringing a live moose into the studio. He was also responsible for hiring a young David Suzuki, who followed in his nature-show-host footsteps.

      Cowan’s early work in the national parks became the foundation for wildlife conservation and environmental education in Canada. And like his US counterpart and colleague Aldo Leopold, he was part of a secret fraternity that practised a reverence for wildness and influenced three generations of scientists and politicians on everything from conservation of endangered species to the dangers of pesticides and climate change, long before these topics were generally acknowledged.

      In his 80s he was still pioneering new ways to communicate nature through ecotourism, and well into his 90s he was still mentoring young ecologists. Cowan’s last publication at age 91 was the final volume of Birds of British Columbia which the Royal BC Museum called “one of the biggest publishing events in Canadian history.”

      Illustrated throughout with colour and black-and-white photos from all aspects of Cowan’s life, The Real Thing takes the reader on an adventurous and inspirational journey through the heart of North American ecology, wilderness, landscape and wonder.


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      Briony Penn is a naturalist, broadcaster, educator, and writer well known across Canada. As a journalist, columnist and author, Briony has a publishing record of hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines as well as books, government publications and peer-reviewed journals. She is also an artist and has exhibited and published widely on natural history themes. Briony is a pioneer of community mapping and has created numerous artistic community maps that have been replicated across North America and Europe. In the last 20 years, she has also been an active community researcher on biological/cultural topics, a mentor for young activists and raised two wonderful sons.


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      The broader contribution of The Real Thing, however, is its illumination of a conservation philosophy that meshes intellectual inquiry with direct engagement and a fierce love of place. Cowan clearly valued his intellectual heritage, his legacies, and his information-sharing networks—whether the subtle correspondence of a secret society, the formalities of an international policy council, or the exchange of tales around a campfire. Equally clearly, he viewed conservation as the work of individuals, not institutions. Readers everywhere who aim to be part of this living body of work, whether they’re studying landscapes or protecting whales, will find Penn’s biography of Cowan to be informative, inspiring, and empowering.—Darcy Dobell, Hakai Magazine


      Penn shares Cowan’s deep love for this province. With thoughtful, graceful storytelling, sombre at losses but ultimately hopeful, she invites us to explore another kind of Wonderland, another set of intimate, secret lives. It’s an opportunity to be, as Penn was as a child, amazed at where science can take your mind and heart.—Amy Reiswig, Focus Magazine


      The Real Thing is a highly recommended tome of over five hundred pages documenting the life and times of Ian McTaggart Cowan.—Robert Maher, Gogeomatics Magazine


      Briony Penn’s The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan is as much a biography of Cowan as a tribute to the BC landscapes and animal species he was fascinated by, many of them since lost to a century of destructive development. This detailed and highly engaging exploration of Cowan’s life, and the places and species that shaped his career and his thinking as a scientist, captures the wonder that Cowan felt for the natural world and the “insatiable appetite” for local knowledge that he held throughout his life.... Penn’s elegantly written and insightful biography will engage a wide range of readers, from BC naturalists and wildlife professionals to students of biology, environmental studies, and the history of science.—Jennifer Bonnell, BC Studies


      Cowan was a vibrant individual who lived a most interesting life through dynamic times. Penn’s perspective will reward all those with interests in the evolution of our relationships with the natural world.—Ross Peck The Wildlife Professional

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    Wolf Spirit A Story of Healing, Wolves and Wonder Gudrun Pflüger
    9781771601276 Hardcover NATURE / Animals Publication Date: November 23, 2015
    $28.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.88 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 32 RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      Shortlisted for the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival award for Mountain & Wilderness Literature.

      “Gudrun was a world-class athlete who is fun and vivacious. She’s passionate about a species that’s been misrepresented. And you come away feeling inspired by her courage and bravery recovering from cancer.” —David Royle, executive vice-president for programming and production, Smithsonian Channel

      “I really believe the encounter with the wolves in the wilderness was a powerful medication. They gave me strength.” —Gudrun Pflüger, in USA Today

      In 2005, elite marathon mountain runner and cross-country skier Gudrun Pflüger spent five weeks tracking and studying elusive coastal wolves by foot, kayak and sailboat along the rugged Pacific Coast of western Canada. Her daring and adventurous work as a field biologist eventually formed the basis for the Smithsonian Channel documentary A Woman Among Wolves.

      In the period between the completion of her research and the premier of this first documentary film, Pflüger was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer and told she had eighteen months to live. Eventually surgeons removed a tumour the size of a golf ball, and Pflüger underwent protracted chemotherapy and additional, non-conventional therapies in order to combat what some expected was an inevitable and all too common fate.

      During her prolonged and arduous recovery, she took the wolf—a true “endurance athlete”—as a model and re-immersed herself in what she hoped would be the restorative mountain environments of the British Columbia and Alberta backcountry in order to focus her traumatized mind and body on a path toward self-healing. Her difficult and reflective return to studying wolves in Canada led to another Smithsonian Channel documentary, Running With Wolves. It also included an event that defied the odds and astounded her doctors: after gruelling rounds of cancer treatment Gudrun became a mother, giving birth to a son, Conrad, in 2009.

      Through an intensely personal and emotional, yet rigorously scientific connection with the wolves she studies and the glorious landscape that surrounded her during this remarkable journey, Gudrun Pflüger tells an absorbing story of the transformative and healing power of nature, motherhood and one woman’s goal to save the wolves she admires and bring her own threatened body and mind back to health.

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      Gudrun Pflüger grew up in the small Austrian town of Radstadt. She is a former professional cross-country skier and elite marathon mountain runner who earned the Mountain Running World Trophy in 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1997. She is also a certified field biologist who has spent years studying, tracking and advocating for wild wolves. After retiring from athletics, she relocated to western Canada, where she became involved in the conservation of British Columbia’s coastal wolf population and also studied wild wolves in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. Her research has been documented in the much lauded Smithsonian Channel films A Woman Among Wolves and Running With Wolves. To this day she continues to spend countless hours as an advocate for protecting wild wolf populations in her own country and abroad. Gudrun now lives near Salzburg, Austria, with her son, Conrad.

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      Wolf Spirit is a most extraordinary memoir of spiritual growth, commitment, and unmatched courage, featuring a woman who moves the cause of human existence in uncharted directions.Foreword Reviews

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    Series: An RMB Manifesto
    The Climate Nexus Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity in a Changing World Dr. Jon O'Riordan Canada, Robert William Sandford Canada
    9781771601429 Hardcover NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection Publication Date: November 23, 2015
    $16.00 CAD 4.75 x 7 x 0.63 in | 168 pages Carton Quantity: 44 Canadian Rights: Y RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      Secure supplies of water, food and energy are essential to human dignity and well-being around the globe. In turn, the vitality of these three depends on a thriving biodiversity supported by healthy ecosystems. The complex interdependence among these four factors is known as the Nexus.

      Global demand for the first three elements is increasing due to population growth and rising per capita incomes in developing countries, with steadily worsening consequences for the fourth of these elements.

      The four Nexus elements are also coming under increasing pressure from climate disruption: more frequent and severe flooding and storms, droughts, extreme heat, and pest outbreaks. What’s more, Nature’s capacity to moderate these impacts is being steadily eroded by rapid, widespread land-use development and associated pollution.

      This impending “perfect storm” of increasing demand, decreasing supplies and rapidly changing hydro-climatic conditions throughout the Nexus requires transformative policy responses that encompass economy, equity, social justice, fairness and the environment.

      This book outlines these challenges and offers a pathway to resolving them.

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      Dr. Jon O’Riordan is a senior policy and research adviser to ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team) at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He has formerly served as deputy minister of sustainable resource management and as assistant deputy minister of environment in the British Columbia government.



      Robert William Sandford is the EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. He is the co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. He is also the author of some 30 books on the history, heritage and landscape of the Canadian Rockies, including Water, Weather and the Mountain West, The Weekender Effect: Hyperdevelopment in Mountain Towns, Restoring the Flow: Confronting the World's Water Woes, Ethical Water: Learning to Value What Matters Most, Cold Matters: The State and Fate of Canada’s Fresh Water, Saving Lake Winnipeg, Flood Forecast: Climate Risk and Resiliency in Canada, Storm Warning: Water and Climate Security in a Changing World and North America in the Anthropocene. He is also a co-author of The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer, The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity in a Changing World and The Hard Work of Hope: Climate Change in the Age of Trump. Robert lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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      Academic but applicable, the book is a call for us all to be creative engineers of our future.—Amy Reiswig, Focus Magazine


      The Climate Nexus is a motivating manifesto to address the wicked problems of waste, inequality, and undervalued environmental services. technological advancements may buffer the realities of our unfortunate destiny, but engineered environmental services can never match the myriad of benefits the natural environment provides. this book is a call to action for individuals, governments, and local and global communities.—Mikhail Smilovic, Water Canada

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    Storm Warning Water and Climate Security in a Changing World Robert William Sandford Canada
    9781771601450 Paperback NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection Publication Date: December 23, 2015
    $25.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.63 in | 264 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      Human beings and industrial-based society are changing the composition of our planet’s atmosphere and causing it to warm at an unnatural and oftentimes astonishingly rapid rate. Much of that warmth is being absorbed by water, which as a result is moving through the global hydrological cycle faster and in unprecedented ways. A warmer atmosphere carries more water vapour, which means that as temperatures continue to rise, storms will become more intense, last longer and cause more damage to our towns, cities and vital infrastructure.

      On the other side of the hydro-climate coin, we can also expect deeper and more persistent droughts throughout the world, resulting in dramatic crop losses, difficult economic outcomes and fundamental alterations to landscape.

      This highly considered, accessible and readable book explains how changes in the water cycle have already begun to affect how we think about and value water security and climate stability and what we can do to ensure a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren.

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      Robert William Sandford is the EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. He is the co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. He is also the author of some 30 books on the history, heritage and landscape of the Canadian Rockies, including Water, Weather and the Mountain West, The Weekender Effect: Hyperdevelopment in Mountain Towns, Restoring the Flow: Confronting the World's Water Woes, Ethical Water: Learning to Value What Matters Most, Cold Matters: The State and Fate of Canada’s Fresh Water, Saving Lake Winnipeg, Flood Forecast: Climate Risk and Resiliency in Canada, Storm Warning: Water and Climate Security in a Changing World and North America in the Anthropocene. He is also a co-author of The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer, The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity in a Changing World and The Hard Work of Hope: Climate Change in the Age of Trump. Robert lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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      The book is technical, yet readable. It’s suitable for anyone who is interested in better understanding the recent extreme weather events that have been felt across canada, why these events happened, and what they mean. For seasoned scientists, the book serves as a one-stop shop for understanding the state of the knowledge on this topic in canada, where gaps exist, and where trends are emerging.—Shannon Carto, Water Canada

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    Alpine Warriors Bernadette McDonald Canada
    9781771601092 Hardcover SPORTS & RECREATION / Mountaineering Publication Date: September 21, 2015
    $30.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 14 RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      Winner of the 2015 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival award for Mountaineering History

      After the Second World War a period of relative calm began in Josip Broz Tito’s Yugoslavia. During the next thirty years citizens could travel freely if they had the money. Most did not, but alpinists did.

      Through elaborate training régimes and state-supported expeditions abroad, Yugoslavian alpinists began making impressive climbs in the Himalaya as early as 1960. By the ’70s, they were ascending the 8000ers. These teams were dominated by Slovenian climbers, since their region includes the Julian Alps, a fiercely steep range of limestone peaks that provided the ideal training ground.

      After Tito died in 1980, however, the calm ended. Inter-ethnic conflict and economic decline ripped Yugoslavia apart. But Serbian strongman Slobodan Miloevic misread the courage and character of several Yugoslavian states, including Slovenia, and by 1991 Slovenia was independent.

      The new country continued its support for climbers, and success bred success. By 1995, all of the 8000ers had been climbed by Slovenian teams. And in the next ten years, some of the most dramatic and futuristic climbs were made by these ferocious alpinists. Apart from a few superstars, most of these amazing athletes remain unknown in the West.

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      Bernadette McDonald is the author of ten books on mountaineering and mountain culture, including Alpine Warriors (RMB 2015), Keeper of the Mountains (RMB 2012) and Freedom Climbers (RMB 2011). She has received numerous mountain writing awards, including Italy’s ITAS Prize (2010), and is a two-time winner of India’s Kekoo Naoroji Award for mountain literature (2008 and 2009). In 2011, Bernadette’s first book with RMB, Freedom Climbers, won the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival (Canada), the Boardman Tasker Prize (UK) and the American Alpine Club’s H. Adams Carter Literary Award. Bernadette splits her time between Banff, Alberta, and Naramata, British Columbia

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      Epic at every level – literary, historical and ruggedly spiritual – this chronicle of a remote mountain culture tucked away in Eastern Europe’s Julian Alps portrays ascent as both personal quest and national salvation. Welcome to Slovenia and its extraordinary alpinists, and to a thin, mysterious tome known as Pot, or The Path. In the 1970s, when climbers from an impoverished Cold War backwater, using homemade clothing and gear (wooden pitons!), barged into the arena of 8000-metre peaks, no one could explain them. Here at last is their story.

      Alpine Warriors is an important book, possibly one of mountain literature’s greatest works, not only for its tale but also for the intelligence, agility and poetry that Bernadette McDonald brings to its telling. Weaving together generations of legendary climbers, she guides us into a land better known for its gypsies and castles through an ever-changing backdrop of violence (from the Second World War and post-war massacres to genocide in Bosnia).

      Muscular and tautly drawn, the page-turning adventures in Alpine Warriors connect in the simple mysticism of Pot, a declaration of love for the mountains. Though its 31-year-old author, Nejc Zaplotnik, died in the Himalayas in 1983, his book within McDonald’s book became the bridge between his nation’s survival and its mountain soul.

      A cross between the movie Chariots of Fire, Carlos Castaneda’s desert shaman in The Teachings of Don Juan, and certain rare histories written with a novelist’s palette such as Evan S. Connell's Son of the Morning Star, Alpine Warriors takes mountain literature – and mountain culture – to new heights.—Jeff Long, author of The Wall


      To be sure, modern mountaineering is a British, and also a Central European, invention. Finally, after the Polish, Slovenian climbers took traditional alpinism one step further.—Reinhold Messner, alpinist, author of My Life at the Limit


      A fascinating account of the extraordinary achievements of the alpinists from this tiny Slovenian nation which has spawned some of the most talented, colourful, controversial and innovative mountaineers of modern climbing history. Once started, I couldn’t put the book down till it was finished.—Sir Chris Bonington, alpinist, author of I Chose to Climb


      In Alpine Warriors, Bernadette McDonald exposes the mysterious desire that drives climbers into the void, that alluring domain of space and light. Reading these stories helps me to maintain my pride in belonging to that human tribe called climbers.—Voytek Kurtyka, alpinist, author of Chinski Maharadza


      Slovenia is a small country with a large but little-known role in climbing history. Alpine Warriors brings this overlooked story to life at last – and what a story it is, brimming with philosophy, audacity and tragedy. McDonald’s cool prose and heartfelt insight are a gift.—J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World


      Meticulously researched and gorgeously written, Alpine Warriors is a stirring love letter to the people of the mountains. Bernadette McDonald is at the peak of her game. Her writing sparkles with an energetic passion for adventure and love of a great wilderness story.—Angie Abdou, author of Between and The Bone Cage


      Bernadette McDonald’s Alpine Warriors is an emotional, compassionate and respectful exploration of how the extraordinary climbs of the Slovenian mountaineers were influenced by nationalism, war, poetry and revolution. Deeply researched and highly readable.—David Chaundy-Smart, Gripped Magazine


      Why have so many Slovenian climbers done so well despite Slovenia's position – as measured in money or the height of its mountains – as a small and relatively poor country? Why are their climbs and climbers also so deeply complicated, from Tomaž Humar to Tomo Cesen? What did America’s top alpinist, Steve House, learn when he was a teenage exchange student in Slovenia that helped shape his future? Alpine Warriors answers those questions, and many more that are specific to Slovenia but also universal to all climbers and anyone striving for a mountainous existence.

      Bernadette McDonald’s latest book describes a country and people where every citizen feels obligated to climb the highest mountain in Slovenia at least once, even if they don’t have any arms or legs. Seriously. A country that helped shape a teenaged Steve House, produced Tomaž Humar, Tomo Cesen, Marko Prezelj, Silvo Karo, and dozens more talented climbers who re-wrote alpinism wherever they went, despite limited resources. I always thought the water in Slovenia had some sort of alpinism juice in it, but the truth is way more interesting: There’s a bible for Slovenian climbers that you’ve never heard of, but you’ll know after reading this book.— Will Gadd, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year


      Bernadette McDonald is the outstanding contemporary chronicler of international mountaineering. Her prolific output is notable for her participant’s understanding, elegant prose, diligent research and a gift for deft characterization. Her latest book, Alpine Warriors, is perhaps her best yet and relates the extraordinary story of post-war Slovenian climbing. The names here— Zaplotnik, Humar, Karo, Prezelj and many others—may not be household ones outside the small circle of mountain cognoscenti, but these are among the most impressive Greater Ranges activists in the history of the sport. Bernadette has done them justice, capturing the unique flavour of their small mountain country and its fierce individualism and pride. An enthralling read and the best mountain book you’ll pick up this year.—Jim Perrin, climber, author of The Villain


      Bernadette McDonald’s Alpine Warriors is a groundbreaking history of Slovenian mountaineering that flows like an epic poem. To read this book is to plunge into a world of forests of limestone spires; peaks of crystalline snow and searing light; the aftershocks of brutal warfare and political strife; and the mysterious manuscript of the legendary Nejc Zaplotnik, who taught that alpinism could be an eternal path, through solitude, to an ineffable freedom.—Katie Ives, editor-in-chief of Alpinist


      Pound for pound, no country has influenced alpinism more directly or more deeply than Slovenia. The stories recounted here often seem heroic, but more importantly, they illuminate significant and little-known anecdotes from our common history as climbers. Slovenian alpinism encapsulates an approach that all climbers can aspire to.— Steve House, alpinist, author of Beyond the Mountain


      Slovenia has produced many of the best alpinists in the world, but most people can’t even find the place on a map. Bernadette McDonald has plunged into the culture, cults and controversies of the Slovenian climbing scene to produce a revealing portrait of a place where climbers enjoy the status of gurus, pro athletes and rock stars. It’s her best book yet.— Greg Child, alpinist, author of Over the Edge


      The exhaustive intensity of the research in this volume reminds us of siege mountaineering techniques; the writing and the masterful exploration of human motivations is elegant, like alpine style. Bernadette McDonald shows us a mountain way that stands on the shoulders of giants.— Carlos Carsolio, alpinist


      People write books for all kinds of reasons: to make money, to become well known, to tell a story they think others will read. Sometimes, if they are good enough writers, they write books to answer questions in themselves, and in the course of satisfying their curiosity discover unknown worlds of profound detail and infinite adventure. Bernadette McDonald is that kind of writer, and Alpine Warriors is that kind of book, about a heroic clan of climbers inexorably tied to the tragic history of the former Yugoslavia. This is a chapter in the history not just of international alpinism, but of the world itself. It shouldn't be missed.—Ian Brown, author of The Boy in the Moon, feature writer at The Globe & Mail


      Expertly researched and elegantly written, Bernadette McDonald’s book gives a superb insight into the relatively unknown world of elite Slovenian alpinism— the motivations, philosophies and skills of these pioneering mountaineers. Alpine Warriors is a journey into the history and culture of Slovenia itself and the importance of mountains to the national psyche.— Andy Cave, alpinist, author of Learning to Breathe


      Slovenia is a small country with a large but little-known role in climbing history. Alpine Warriors brings this overlooked story to life at last— and what a story it is, brimming with philosophy, audacity and tragedy. McDonald’s cool prose and heartfelt insight are a gift.— J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World


      Alpine Warriors is one of the most important pieces of mountain literature of the decade. Bernadette McDonald shows us how Slovenian climbers helped push the limits of European and Himalayan alpinism. A combination of political, religious and economic factors played a major role in the formation of the country's impressive network of climbing clubs and questionable military-style ascents. But, as McDonald helps us understand, the solidarity that gave the Slovenians their winning edge, wouldn't last forever. A gripping historical read that belongs on every climber and armchair mountaineers bookshelf.—Brandon Pullan, author of The Bold and Cold


      With Alpine Warriors, Bernadette McDonald cements her much-deserved place as the reigning mountain historian of our time. Once again, she’s unearthed a too-little-known story that needs to be told, and has written it beautifully. McDonald’s understanding of the complex story of Slovenian climbing is exceeded only by her obvious compassion for the climbers themselves. A great book.— Geoff Powter, author of Strange and Dangerous Dreams: The Fine Line Between Adventure and Madness


      In this sweeping narrative, Bernadette McDonald casts a spotlight on the history of Slovenian alpinism. She tells the story of a nation’s love affair with mountains, played out through the exploits of an elite and uncompromising band of high altitude athletes. Her accounts of their audacious expeditions make for compelling, and sometimes harrowing, reading. Throughout the book she threads the inspired writing of the legendary climber Nejc Zaplotnik, helping us to understand what drove these mountaineers and what - despite the attrition - kept them on their path. An important story, meticulously researched and skillfully told.—Maria Coffey, author of Where the Mountain Casts its Shadow and Explorers of the Infinite.


      Well researched and beautifully written, Alpine Warriors is an intimate glimpse into the rich, complicated, relatively unknown Slovenian climbing world, and its towering influence on the global mountaineering stage. But it's far more than just a mountaineering tale. It's first-rate social history. This is a story that needed to be told.—Zac Robinson, editor of Conrad Kain: Letters from a Wandering Mountain Guide 1903-1933


      Through meticulous research and captivating anecdotes, Bernadette McDonald describes the tumultuous times that led to the fall of Yugoslavia and how the mountains pulled its people together. She provides a glimpse into the minds of the men who were climbing for discovery, patriotism, brotherhood, and love.—John Reid, Crowfoot Media


      Beautifully written with captivation anecdotes, McDonald opens the door to a chapter in international climbing few know about. From brotherhood, hard times and love to discovery and patriotism, this is one of the most important mountaineering books of the decade. Whether you’re a climbing history fanatic or one who enjoys reading about heroes and legends, Alpine Warriors is for you.Gripped Magazine


      The book discusses the philosophy and experiences that drove so many Slovenian alpinists to climb to such heights. McDonald quotes extensively from Nejc Zaplotnik’s Pot, a poetic account of Zaplotnik’s climbing experiences, and offers a fascinating, lyrical history of the Slovenians’ many mountaineering triumphs.—Stephen Shapiro, The Devil of History


      With Alpine Warriors, Bernadette McDonald proves once again why she is one of the most distinguished mountain chroniclers of our times…. This book is a remarkable work of history which will be a primary reference point for Slovenian alpinism.—Smruthi Ranganathan, The Himalayan Club


      With its colorful characters and the fascinating thread of Pot running throughout, plus a lighter, more agile touch in her writing, Alpine Warriors is McDonald's best book yet.—Dougald MacDonald, American Alpine Journal

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    Deep Powder and Steep Rock The Life of Mountain Guide Hans Gmoser Chic Scott Canada
    9781771601122 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Mountaineering Publication Date: September 21, 2015
    $25.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 24 RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      Hans Gmoser (1932–2006) was the most influential mountaineer in Canada of the last fifty years. Through innovation, hard work, perseverance and an appetite for adventure, Gmoser evolved from penniless immigrant to mountain guide for kings, queens and prime ministers. He also played a major role in creating what is now western Canada’s dynamic mountain adventure community.

      Known primarily as the inventor of heli-skiing and the founder of Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), Gmoser also garnered recognition as a talented rock climber, tireless expedition leader, successful mountain guide, renowned filmmaker, community organizer and vibrant businessman.

      Told from all aspects of his fascinating life and including some of Gmoser’s own words, Chic Scott weaves together a compelling story based on the diaries, expedition journals, film commentaries and personal correspondence of this charismatic and inspiring figure.

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      Chic Scott is a household name in international and Canadian mountaineering circles. One of Canada’s most celebrated mountain literature authors and adventurers, he is the author of several award-winning mountaineering history books, including Pushing the Limits: The Story of Canadian Mountaineering (RMB 2000), Powder Pioneers: Ski Stories from the Canadian Rockies and Columbia Mountains (RMB 2005) and Deep Powder and Steep Rock: The Life of Mountain Guide Hans Gmoser (RMB 2015). As well, his bestselling guidebooks Summits and Icefields 1: Alpine Ski Tours in the Canadian Rockies (RMB 2011), Summits and Icefields 2: Alpine Ski Tours in the Columbia Mountains – Revised & Updated (RMB 2016) and Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies – 5th Edition (RMB 2016) are fundamental resources in any backcountry skier’s library. Chic lives in Banff, Alberta.

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        • Promotion on the author’s website: www.chicscott.com

        • Marketing and publicity campaign targeting major daily newspapers, broadcast media and online communities as well as Adventure Journal, Alpinist Magazine, Backcountry Magazine, BC Bookworld, Climb Magazine, Climbing Magazine, First Tracks, Gripped, Kootenay Mountain Culture, Men’s Journal, Mountaineer Magazine, NPR: Fresh Air, National Geographic Weekend Radio, Off-Piste Magazine, Outside Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Trek & Mountain Magazine and Summit Magazine

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      Mountain author Chic Scott tells the story of Gmoser’s life in Deep Powder and Steep Rock. Scott’s tireless efforts to piece together Gmoser’s story shows in the book’s detail. Told from all aspects of his life, including some of Gmoser’s own words, Scott brings us one of the most compelling stories of a Canadian mountain icon that has ever been told. Intended for mountain loving audiences, this book has found a readership in new and old climbers, as well as skiers and armchair mountaineers. With winter approaching, Deep Powder and Steep Rock should be at the top of everyone’s must-read list.—Brandon Pullan, Gripped Magazine


      "Scott paints a picture of a man who lead Canada into the mountains and the book is a must read for anyone drawn to climbing and skiing."
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    The Bold and Cold A History of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies Brandon Pullan Canada
    9781771601153 Hardcover SPORTS & RECREATION / Mountaineering Publication Date: March 23, 2016
    $45.00 CAD 7.5 x 10 x 1 in | 264 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Rocky Mountain Books
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      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.

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      Brandon Pullan was born and raised in Ontario and is a graduate of Lakehead University. 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 by him 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. Brandon is the author of The Bold and Cold: A History of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies and co-author of Northern Stone: Canada’s Best Rock Climbs. He lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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        • Promotion on the author’s website and social media: brandopullan.blogspot.ca, www.facebook.com/brandon.pullan.3

        • Marketing and publicity campaign targeting major daily newspapers, broadcast media and online communities as well as Adventure Journal, Alpinist Magazine, Backcountry Magazine, BC Bookworld, Climb Magazine, Climbing Magazine, First Tracks, Gripped, Kootenay Mountain Culture, Men’s Journal, Mountaineer Magazine, NPR: Fresh Air, National Geographic Weekend Radio, Off-Piste Magazine, Outside Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Trek & Mountain Magazine and Summit Magazine

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      Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival 2016, Short-listed
      Special Jury Mention, Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival 2016, Winner
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    Through an Unknown Country The Jarvis–Hanington Winter Expedition through the Northern Rockies, 1874–1875 Mike Murtha Canada, Charles Helm Canada
    9781771601337 Paperback HISTORY / Canada Publication Date: October 19, 2015
    $30.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.63 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      In the winter of 1874–75, Edward Worrell Jarvis (1846–1894) and Charles Francis Hanington (1848–1930) took part in an expedition on behalf of the Canadian Pacific Survey from Quesnel, British Columbia, to Winnipeg, Manitoba. It led them over the northern Rocky Mountains through what would come to be known as Jarvis Pass (Kakwa Provincial Park, British Columbia) and eventually onto the Canadian plains. The trip took them 116 days and covered over 3000 kilometres, of which almost 1500 was travelled on snowshoes.

      Through an Unknown Country brings together the day-to-day reports of Jarvis and the more entertaining narrative of the epic journey by Hanington into a single volume for the first time. Recounting harrowing treks through deep mountains, densely forested valleys, open foothills and wide prairie, this highly readable adventure story can most certainly be placed alongside the better-known journals of Alexander Mackenzie, Simon Fraser, David Thompson and Paul Kane.

      Bio

      Mike Murtha has worked for both Parks Canada and BC Parks and was the planner for Banff National Park until his retirement in 2012.



      Charles Helm is a medical doctor originally from South Africa and is the author of four books.

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        • Marketing and publicity campaign targeting regional daily newspapers, broadcast media and online communities as well as Alpine Club of Canada Gazette and BC Bookworld

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      For those interested in winter travelling in extreme conditions or wanting to know more of the history and geography of this part of British Columbia and Alberta this is a must-have book.—Robert Allen, British Columbia History

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    June Mickle One Woman's Life in the Foothills and Mountains of Western Canada Kathy Calvert Canada
    9781771601481 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers Publication Date: October 19, 2015
    $25.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.88 in | 352 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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      Born in 1920, June Mickle grew up among the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her mother and her stepfather, Tip Johnson, a renowned cowboy and horse trainer. As the only child of a single mother, June’s early years were marked by loneliness but also by remarkable family ties and an uncanny ability to live in harmony with both ranching and mountain environments. She grew into a strongly determined woman capable of meeting the challenges of being an artist, guide, outfitter, businesswoman, wife and parent, and one of the more important, even legendary figures in the development of backcountry adventure in the Rockies.

      June Mickle: One Woman's Life in the Foothills and Mountains of Western Canada is the inspiring memoir of an unconventional life fully lived. It is the story of people coping with family struggles, living among the splendour of a mountain landscape, and carving out an existence that held both tremendous hardships and enduring rewards.

      Bio

      Kathy Calvert grew up in the Canadian Rockies. In 1974 she became one of the first female national park wardens in Canada; in 1977 she was a member of the first all-women expedition to Mount Logan and in 1989 was on the first all-women ski traverse of the Columbia Mountains from the Bugaboos to Rogers Pass. She is the author of three books: Don Forest: Quest for the Summits (RMB 2003), Guardians of the Peaks: Mountain Rescue in the Canadian Rockies and Columbia Mountains (RMB 2006) and June Mickle: One Woman's Life in the Foothills and Mountains of Western Canada (RMB 2015). She and her husband, Dale Portman, live in Cochrane, Alberta.

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        • Marketing and publicity campaign targeting regional daily newspapers, broadcast media and online communities as well as Alpine Club of Canada Gazette and Alberta Views magazine

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      The author’s own life as a park warden, skier, and adventurer resonates in many ways with Mickle’s. Calvert’s recounting of Mickle’s adventures displays her admiration for a woman who enthusiastically embraced challenge and adversity to create a life all her own.—Karine Duhamel, Canada's History Magazine

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    Badlands Robert Kroetsch Canada, George Webber Canada
    9781771600637 Hardcover PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes Publication Date: September 21, 2015
    $40.00 CAD 7.25 x 8.25 x 1.25 in | 360 pages Carton Quantity: 10 Canadian Rights: Y Rocky Mountain Books
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      Originally published in 1975, Badlands has been heralded as a comic triumph for decades. The story starts in 1916, when scientist William Dawe leads a paleontological expedition into the badlands of Alberta, obsessed with achieving world renown by discovering dinosaur fossils. Fifty years later, his daughter, Anna, enters these same badlands. In her visit to the expedition site, she exposes not only the absurdity of her father’s work but also the folly of his male ambition and attitudes.

      This new, beautifully packaged edition of Kroetsch’s classic novel is reborn and reimagined for a contemporary audience with stunning and haunting black and white images by master photographer George Webber accentuating the text.

      Bio

      Robert Kroetsch was born in Heisler, Alberta, in 1927. He grew up on his parents’ farm and studied at the University of Alberta and the University of Iowa. He taught at the State University of New York, Binghamton, until the late 1970s and then returned to Canada, where he taught at the University of Calgary and the University of Manitoba from the 1970s through the 1990s. Kroetsch also spent time at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts and many writer-in-residencies, where he powerfully influenced recent writing on the Canadian prairies and elsewhere. Robert Kroetsch died in a car accident near Edmonton, Alberta, in 2011.



      George Webber is a renowned documentary photographer whose previous books include Prairie Gothic (RMB 2012) and Last Call (RMB 2010). He is the recipient of numerous National Magazine Awards (Canada), two Awards of Excellence from the Society for News Design (USA) and the International Documentary Photography Award (Korea). His photographs have been featured in American Photo, Canadian Geographic, Lenswork Quarterly, Photolife, The New York Times and Swerve magazine. In 1999 he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in recognition of his contributions to the visual arts in Canada.

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        • Marketing and publicity campaign targeting major daily newspapers, broadcast media and online communities as well as Aperture Magazine, Canadian Geographic, Digital Journalist, enRoute Magazine, Explore Magazine, LRC: Literary Review of Canada, Lens Culture, Outdoor Photography Canada, Photo Life Magazine, PHOTONews, Professional Photographer, Shutterbug, UP! Magazine and YES! Magazine
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      Webber's startk, unpeopled visions offer a space of silence in which Kroetsch's words reverberate. His use of Kodak Infrared film creates vistas of otherworldy light and wells of darkness that render the badlands as monumental and eerie as they are in reality, if not more so.—Thomas Wharton, Alberta Views

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