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DEEP POWDER AND STEEP ROCK: THE LIFE OF MOUNTAIN GUIDE HANS GMOSER Chic Scott 2009 Softcover Fine
By Scott, Chic
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Canada, Rocky Mountain Books, 2009. 384 pp, b/w and color photos. Used softcover. Fine.

Hans Gmoser's story is the essential North American rags-to-riches tale. After hard years growing up in Austria during the Second World War and the long occupation afterwards, he came to Canada at 19 years of age, almost penniless and speaking little English. Eventually he became Canada's most celebrated mountain guide, leading Prime Ministers, and kings and queens on alpine adventures. 

International acclaim followed when he founded the sport of helicopter skiing. He ended his days wealthy and much honoured, a sort of 'Mountain King' himself. Admired for his toughness, determination and loyalty to friends, few have ever known his success. Deep Powder and Steep Rock presents an intimate portrait of this charismatic man. Much of the story is told in Gmoser's own words, gleaned from his diaries, expedition journals, film commentaries and personal correspondence. It is a unique tale of adventure, hard work, perseverance, and ultimate success.
 
Chic Scott has been an integral part of the Canadian mountain community for almost fifty years. As a teenager, he was inspired by Gmoser's romantic idealism and over the years has climbed many of the routes and skied many of the trails established by Gmoser, as well as pioneering a few of his own. He is the author of numerous guidebooks and histories of Canadian mountaineering and skiing.
 

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