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Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies [Paperback]

Alan Kane
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Book Description

Jan. 1 2010

With 15,000 copies of previous editions sold, this bestselling guide brings together 150 of Alan Kane's favourite scrambles, starting in Waterton National Park and working up through the Crowsnest area and Kananaskis Country into the contiguous national parks of Banff, Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper. Each peak can be climbed in one day from a road or backcountry lodge.

All scrambles in the book are carefully graded and range from easy walk-ups for experienced hikers who want a little more challenge to more difficult, hands-on scrambles for more daring climbers. Each mountain is well illustrated with route photos and often a photo of the crux.

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"Scrambles targets a relatively new breed of weekend warrior: the person wanting more physical challenge than a typical hike offers, but not enough that climbing experience and gear are necessary." -- Calgary Herald

"This book…blew away all my expectations. This is the finest mountain guidebook I've ever seen. Pictures for every mountain and great descriptions. Bravo!" -- Matt Kirk, reader

About the Author

Alan Kane, born in Banff, Alberta, has spent his life in and around the Rocky Mountains. He attended the Canadian School of Mountaineering in Canmore, Alberta, and is part of the Alpine Club of Canada. An earlier edition of his book, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies won an award at the 1999 Banff Book Festival.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The author, Alan Kane, does a great job of putting this guide together. This version is much better than the previous edition. Lots more peaks included. For the most part the peaks are all in alberta. Some in the south, others a bit more towards the north. Each hike includes difficulty level and other relevant information.
Alan has climbed every one of the peaks he described. The route descriptions reflect that intimate knowledge that the author has with each route. The details are excellent. Moreover, he really gives you a feel for the climb and from my experience reading the routes made for fewer unwanted surprises on the actual climb.
I'll also say that the book has a nice variety when it comes to difficulty of the scrambles. The concept of scrambling in many ways represents the highest degree of freedom you can have while climbing. This is because you needn't be weighed down by lots of gear (protection, climbing rope, chocks, etc) to do these scrambles. Yet they are more difficult and exciting than a regular walk-up. Kane has all the bases covered here. For a guide to scrambling in the canadian rockies, look no further. However, don't just take my word for it...Alan has a website where you can see some of the routes described in the book. I think it will give you a good idea of what to expect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Nov. 1 2013
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I've lived in Alberta and BC my whole life and always thought a lot of these mountains were way out of my league. It turns out there is a lot to do that is in many people's range. This book is great for identifying routes and accurately judging difficulty. It gives good advice about how to avoid any issues with Parks staff, but this is definitely not a tourist's guide. I've bought several copies for my friends in Alberta and look forward to using this book a lot in the future.

This is without a doubt the best book I have come across for non-experts, and is extremely good value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book Oct. 6 2013
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A must have to avoid surprises down the trail. Of course, always use your good judgement when you are out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful Aug. 30 2013
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my summit list is growing exponentially thanks to this guidebook. takes the guess work and hard-core route finding out of the equation making it easier, faster and more fun to make summits. scramble on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource Aug. 17 2013
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This book has been great, has tonnes of peaks. I have only started but have liked the presentation and info so far.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I get this book gold plated? March 13 2001
This book is gold. Alan has made a guidebook, that has everything you need to know about a route, right in front of your eyes. From Elevation gain, approximate round trip time, difficulty, the map needed, route photos for every peak and a completely detailed description of the route. Also he has a colored mini photo album at the beginning of the book that shows some pictures of what you will encounter. He has included over 150 mountains that range from tiny hills that I could take my pet hampster up(jokingly), to glaciated masses of rock that can take a rope and multiple days. This book should be in every climbers pack. I erge you to buy it. It's well worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Aug. 7 2014
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Great book, but could do with being updated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 16 2014
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Great book with lots of information.
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