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Stories of Ice: Adventure, Commerce and Creativity on Canada’s Glaciers
I first sparked the idea for Stories of Ice in 2014, while travelling in northern British Columbia. Glaciers have long fascinated me, and in one of those fateful explosions of inspiration, I envisioned sharing a collection of stories that shows glaciers – specifically western Canada’s — to be so much more than masses of ice melting on the landscape. A book that celebrates glaciers as places where people experience nature at her most mysterious, fascinating and exciting, and at her most fragile as our planet warms. And I’m thrilled that so many talented photographers were excited to share their photos, and their own love and awe for our glaciers, with me. For you.
From a mother/daughter duo who spent five months skiing across icefields from Vancouver to Alaska, to scientists discovering biofilms deep inside glacier caverns, to protesters camping for weeks to protect their beloved local glacier, western Canada’s glaciers are dynamic, enigmatic, exquisitely beautiful, sometimes dangerous environments where people play, work, run businesses, explore, and create art every single day.
Lynn Martel is one of them. With gorgeous images by some of the country’s best outdoor photographers, Stories of Ice shares the excitement, the mystery, and the wonder of Canada’s glaciers and poses questions about their future.”
Published by Rocky Mountain Books
Interview with the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley here.
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.”
Read the Rocky Mountain Outlook’s review here.
Read the Fitzhugh’s review here.
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.”
CJSW Radio 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.
Lynn Martel has authored 10 biographies about the accomplished and adventurous personalities who make the mountain world a distinctly fascinating one.
See more HERE