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.
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Expedition to the Edge: Stories of Worldwide Adventure
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.
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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.