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GREAT GLACIER AND ITS HOUSE: THE STORY OF THE FIRST CENTER OF ALPINISM IN NORTH AMERICA 1885-1925 William Putnam 1982 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine 2 Copies Available
By Putnam, William
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New York, American Alpine Club, 1982, 1st edition. 223 pp, 100+ b/w photos. Large format hardcover with dust jacket. Fine.

A well-told and superbly illustrated history of Canadian mountaineering, centering on the climber's hotel at Rogers Pass.
 
This is a large format book so extra postage will be requested for Priority Mail or International Mail.
 
Illustrated with many never before published historical photographs. Includes direct accounts from the climbers themselves, as written in the Glacier House register spanning 40 years, this book recreates the spirit of a golden age of exploration and travel when adventure-seeking men and women made grand tours into an unknown wilderness and alpinists, scientists, photographers, and tourists discovered for the first time the secrets of a great and varied land.
 
In the mighty Selkirk Mountains of Canada lies Rogers Pass, the scene of three major events in the history of North America: in 1884, it presented an enormous obstacle to the Canadian Pacific Railway's drive to connect the new nation coast to coast; it became the site of the first modern, European-style resort hotel in the mountains; and it was the first locality to attract the attention of serious mountaineers from around the world. Putnam blends these three events and weaves them into an accurate early history of the region. He shares with us the heroic, often tragic, tale of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
 
He takes us into the magnificent surroundings of the Great Glacier and we see the modest Glacier House develop through the years into a world-famous luxury hotel. And as the Rogers Pass-Glacier area becomes the focal point in the fledgling sport of alpinism in North America, we join the earliest expeditions undertaken in the Selkirk Range. The focus of the book, however, is on the people whose paths cross at Glacier House and the author lets them tell their own stories. The personalities of the railroad executives and the hotel staff emerge from correspondence and reports. As a basis of much of the book, Putnam has included many firsthand accounts from the Glacier House register. Known as 'The Scrapbook,' it contains the handwritten accounts of every notable climber and mountain explorer of the early era.
 
Magnificent historical photographs, many of them never before published, exquisitely illustrate the book. The 40-year saga is vividly retold through these rare photographs of the scenes those early adventurers witnessed when they first visited Great Glacier and its house.

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