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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books (Sept. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897522452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897522455
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 939 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Conrad Kain (1883–1934) was born in Nasswald, Austria, and moved to Canada in 1909, where he remained until his death in 1934. Although credited with more than 60 first ascents and numerous pioneering routes in the Canadian Rockies and the Purcell Range of British Columbia, Kain is primarily known for three first ascents in western Canada: Mount Robson (1913), Mount Louis (1916) and Bugaboo Spire (1916). During his 30-year mountaineering career, he journeyed to New Zealand between 1913 and 1916, successfully guiding more than 25 first ascents and climbing Mount Cook, the country’s highest peak, on two occasions.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Kain’s arrival in Canada, the Conrad Kain Centennial Society was formed in 2008 to celebrate his many achievements and to develop legacy projects in his memory. This expanded edition of Kain’s book will help carry his passion for mountaineering to a new generation of readers and adventurers.



Pat Morrow is a renowned photographer, mountaineer, author and filmmaker. In recognition of these achievements, he received the Order of Canada in 1988 and the Summit of Excellence at the 1990 Banff Mountain Film Festival. Pat was instrumental in the formation of The Conrad Kain Centennial Society (CKCS), which was created in 2007 to celebrate the legacy of mountain guide Conrad Kain, whose life burned like a "splendid fire" as he quietly set new standards during the Golden Age of Canadian mountaineering.



J. Monroe Thorington (1895-1989) was an American ophthalmologist who first came to the Canadian Rockies in 1914. He became a prominent mountaineer, climbing extensively in the Rockies and completing 52 first ascents in the Rockies and Selkirks. Following explorations and numerous first ascents by J. Norman Collie in the first decade of the 20th century, the area around the Columbia Icefield had been ignored for some time until Thorington's visits. In 1923, together with W.S. Ladd and famed guide Conrad Kain, Thorington completed the second ascent of Mount Columbia, the third ascent of Mount Athabasca and first ascents of Mount Saskatchewan and North Twin Peak.


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This book will appeal most to fans of Conrad Kain, and - to a lesser degree - those interested in the history of climbing in the Canadian Rockies.
The first half of the book is translated from Kain's diary. Kain recounts in detail how he became a guide and gradually explored many of Europe's mountains. Kain writes very humbly and with a subtle sense of humor. Most of the climbs and the way they are recounted aren't all that exciting, so only those with an interest in Kain will find the reading worthwhile.
The second half of the book is mostly based on letters written by Kain, and the recollections of others, because Kain ceased keeping his diary when he moved to Canada. The reader learns of Kain's time living on a farm, working as a fur trapper, climbing in New Zealand, and of course his many first ascents in the Canadian Rockies. The climbs are mostly not described in great detail. The various sources of information have been very well laced together by the editor.
Unlike many mountaineering books, this isn't filled with tales of epics and tragedies; Kain managed to keep out of trouble most of the time. His great successes, such as the first ascent of Mount Robson, aren't described in the gripping manner of more typical books, so the pleasure of reading this book comes more from getting to know the man, how climbs were done at the time, and Kain's adventures outside of climbing.
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By d on Sept. 5 2011
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if you have heard of conrad kain, or even if you hadn't ( like me ) this book follows you through this fabled pioneer mountain climber from the the poor starving beginning of his life to later years over seas becoming a much acclaimed climber... this book is awesome.. and i'm really glad i read it...
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Great read for fans of Kain Jan. 24 2011
By Nicolai Michel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book will appeal most to fans of Conrad Kain, and - to a lesser degree - those interested in the history of climbing in the Canadian Rockies.
The first half of the book is translated from Kain's diary. Kain recounts in detail how he became a guide and gradually explored many of Europe's mountains. Kain writes very humbly and with a subtle sense of humor. Most of the climbs and the way they are recounted aren't all that exciting, so only those with an interest in Kain will find the reading worthwhile.
The second half of the book is mostly based on letters written by Kain, and the recollections of others, because Kain ceased keeping his diary when he moved to Canada. The reader learns of Kain's time living on a farm, working as a fur trapper, climbing in New Zealand, and of course his many first ascents in the Canadian Rockies. The climbs are mostly not described in great detail. The various sources of information have been very well laced together by the editor.
Unlike many mountaineering books, this isn't filled with tales of epics and tragedies; Kain managed to keep out of trouble most of the time. His great successes, such as the first ascent of Mount Robson, aren't described in the gripping manner of more typical books, so the pleasure of reading this book comes more from getting to know the man, how climbs were done at the time, and Kain's adventures outside of climbing.
A great read about a man only a few recognize Sept. 9 2014
By alexander sharif - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who has been to the Bugaboos needs to read this book. This book has inspired many a Alpinists including the late hans Gmoser who invented the sport of heli skiing with his living pal Leo Grillmair. It is y and large my favorite piece in my mountain book library.
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Simply horrible March 8 2011
By Derek Fox - Published on Amazon.com
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I have only stopped reading a book 5 times in my 10+ years of reading...well 6 now. This book is simply horrible. The writing is straightforward without description. There is no themes to follow. Some of the german doesn't translate well to english. It was a chore to read a few pages. As soon as another book arrived, I put this one in the donate to the library pile.


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