Learn more — Praise for STORIES OF ICE

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.

With the state of glob­al ice con­stant­ly in the news, Lynn Mar­tel exam­ines Cana­di­an glac­i­ers to uncov­er their secrets and their future.

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.”

Pub­lished by Rocky Moun­tain Books. PURCHASE HERE

High­line inter­view with Crow­foot Medi­a’s Meghan J. Ward here

Read the Rocky Moun­tain Out­look’s review here.

Read the Fitzhugh’s review here.


Expedition to the Edge: Stories of Worldwide Adventure

Expedition to the Edge

Final­ist Banff Moun­tain Book 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 HERE

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.

Pub­lished by Rocky Moun­tain Books. PURCHASE HERE



Lynn  Mar­tel has authored 10 biogra­phies about the accom­plished and adven­tur­ous per­son­al­i­ties who make the moun­tain world a dis­tinct­ly fas­ci­nat­ing one.

See more HERE