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CLIMBER'S PARADISE: MAKING CANADA'S MOUNTAIN PARKS 1906-1974 Pearl Ann Reichwein 2014 Softcover Near Fine - Fine
By Reichwein, Pearl Ann
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Alberta, University of Alberta, 2014, 1st edition. 402 pp, b/w photos, references, index. Larger softcover. Fine.

History of the tenacious activism of the Alpine Club of Canada that led to mountain recreation and conservation. Fascinating stories of people who cared fiercely for the mountains and struggled over their use and value.

''The mountain parks are for all Canadians, and all the world,  for all time and their value cannot be measured in terms of how many access roads, motels, souvenir shops and golf courses we've provided. 

''Through a century of adventure and advocacy, the ACC led the way to mountain pursuits in spectacular regions. Historian and mountain studies specialist Pearl Ann Reichwein's research is informed by her experiences mountaineering and by her interest in mountain culture. She presents a compelling case for understanding wild spaces and human activity within them as parts of a whole. 

''This is a work of invaluable scholarship in the areas of environmental history, public policy, sport studies, recreation, and tourism, Climber's Paradise will appeal to many non-specialists, mountaineers, environmentalists, and travellers across Canada and beyond.

''Pearl Ann Reichwein's history of the Alpine Club of Canada explores these incarnations and tells the fascinating stories of the people who cared fiercely for the mountains and struggled over their use and value. Just as importantly, Reichwein traces out the less visible tracks of class, race, and gender that weave through the grand narratives of adventure and conquest. This is vital reading for anyone who cares about our vanishing wild heritage

"This is a remarkable story. It's about how a small group of urban, middle-class, Anglo Canadians, working through the Alpine Club of Canada, sought to assert their narratives of alpinism, the environment, nation, and interpersonal relations on Canada's western Canadian mountain parks, and the conditions they faced, the institutions they created, the political victories they achieved, and the struggles and setbacks they encountered. 

''Professor Reichwein tells it brilliantly, bringing both a climbers' love of the mountains and a social historian's critical distance and research to her subject. Her analysis is illuminated with mini-biographies of the key players, grounded in their speeches and personal correspondence resourcefully dug out of archival collections, and an extensive collection of photographs. 

''It's an important contribution to the history of Canadian sport and recreation and a telling case study of volunteering, but anyone who has ever holidayed or even contemplated a hike in a mountain national park would enjoy and benefit from this book.''


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