Books

Tales & Trails: Adven­tures for Every­one in the Cana­dian Rockies

For three adventure-filled decades, Lynn Mar­tel has spent count­less days explor­ing the moun­tain wilder­ness with her skilled and expe­ri­enced friends as well as some of the best-known and well-informed pro­fes­sional guides in the out­door adven­ture busi­ness. Wak­ing up in tents and back­coun­try huts; hik­ing and ski­ing up val­leys, over passes and across glac­i­ers; rock climb­ing; moun­tain bik­ing; cav­ing; pad­dling and horse­back rid­ing have all become inte­gral parts of Lynn’s life in the Moun­tain West.

In Tales & Trails, Lynn shares the beauty and the magic of the region’s inspir­ing wilder­ness through finely crafted sto­ries of her own adven­tures and also tales that doc­u­ment and cel­e­brate the accom­plish­ments of the Rock­ies’ most colour­ful and iconic out­door per­son­al­i­ties. Her vast amount of expe­ri­ence and insight into the most pop­u­lar activ­i­ties avail­able to tourists, locals and the most skilled and com­pe­tent week­end war­riors infuse this col­lec­tion of 20 of her best adven­ture sto­ries. With colour pho­tographs and maps, dif­fi­culty rat­ings, sea­sonal details and gen­eral infor­ma­tion, these sto­ries will inspire those seek­ing to expe­ri­ence adven­tures at their own level in and around Kananaskis Coun­try, Can­more, Lake Louise and Banff, Yoho and Jasper national parks.

Pub­lished by Rocky Moun­tain Books. Pur­chase your copy here.

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Expe­di­tion to the Edge: Sto­ries of World­wide Adventure

Expeditions to the Edge

Final­ist 2008 Banff Moun­tain Book Fes­ti­val competition

From skilled week­end war­riors to inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized stars of the pro­fes­sional adven­ture game, Lynn Mar­tel has inter­viewed dozens of the most dynamic, cre­ative and accom­plished self-propelled adven­tur­ers of our time. In Expe­di­tion to the Edge: Sto­ries of World­wide Adven­ture, Lynn has assem­bled 60 com­pelling and enter­tain­ing sto­ries that uniquely cap­ture the exploits, the hard­ships, the fears and the per­sonal insights of a vir­tual who’s who of con­tem­po­rary adven­tur­ers as they explore remote moun­tain land­scapes from the Rock­ies to Pak­istan to Antarctica.

Through can­did and reveal­ing con­ver­sa­tions, Lynn cap­tures the joys, the moti­va­tions and the rev­e­la­tions of top climbers Son­nie Trot­ter, Jen Olson, Sean Isaac, Raphael Slaw­in­ski and Steph Davis; Himalayan alpin­ists Car­los Buh­ler, Marko Prezelj and Barry Blan­chard; record-setting paraglider and Nia­gara Falls ice climber Will Gadd; Ever­est skier Kit Deslau­ri­ers; con­ser­va­tion­ist duo Karsten Heuer and Leanne Alli­son as they fol­low a cari­bou herd for five months on foot across the Yukon; and Colin Angus on his two-year quest to become the first per­son to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the world by human power.

Pub­lished by Rocky Moun­tain Books. Pur­chase your copy here.

CJSW Radio inter­view

Banff Park Radio Alpine Authors inter­view

Imag­ine This Valley

Fea­tur­ing essays from some of the area’s most beloved authors, includ­ing Lynn Mar­tel, this excep­tional lit­er­ary anthol­ogy cel­e­brates the land­scape, cul­ture, com­mu­nity and nat­ural his­tory of Alberta’s Bow Valley.

Can­more and Banff are col­lec­tively renowned for their moun­tain cul­ture, diverse wildlife and scenes of breath­tak­ing nat­ural splen­dour. These vibrant moun­tain com­mu­ni­ties are also home to excep­tional adven­tur­ers, artists, thinkers and writ­ers. For the first time, some of the area’s best-known per­son­al­i­ties have con­tributed essays to a col­lec­tion of work that pro­motes this remark­able area like no other book has before.

Author roy­al­ties from Imag­ine This Val­ley will be donated and placed into a fund for young peo­ple from the Bow Val­ley who wish to pur­sue writ­ing as a voca­tion. An ini­tial amount of $2,000 will be placed in trust by RMB | Rocky Moun­tain Books, and each year, start­ing in 2016, a $500 grant will be given to a stu­dent inter­ested in pur­su­ing their dream of writing.

Pub­lished by Rocky Moun­tain Books. Pur­chase your copy here.