There is little doubt that Don/Phyllis Munday are the elders of the BC mountaineering world. Don has been called the dean of BC mountaineering, and Phyllis deserves the dignified name of 1st lady.
'Phyllis Munday: Mountaineer', by Kathlyn Bridge, ably demonstrates why this is the case. Each chapter is written in an attractive and accesible way, and the tale of Phyllis's life is told in a compelling and attractive way for all ages.
There is no doubt that this book is a keeper even though the curious reader might be interested in knowing more about Phyllis and Don Munday, the fuller context of their times and the broader world of mountaineering at the time. But, we need not hold our breath too long. Apparently, Kathlyn Bridge has another book that will be published on both Don and Phyllis Munday, and such a missive should leave the publishing tarmac and take to the air in 2006.
'Phyllis Munday: Mountaineer' ably illustrates, by both text and many a fine photo, that mountaineering can be a vocation, and how Phyllis Munday lived such a passion as a vocation, and passed such a love and passion on to those that followed her.
Do purchase such a timely text and missive. Much can be learned from a lingering or hasty read that will whet the appetite for more.