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The Forgotten Explorer: Samuel Prescott Fay's 1914 Expedition to the Northern Rockies Paperback – Feb 1 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: RMB | Rocky Mountain Books; First Edition edition (Sept. 15 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189752255X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897522554
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #455,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Illustrated with plenty of photographs and maps, this book is perfect for outdoor adventurers who hope some day to hike this part of the Rockies, as well as for those who are content to enjoy the adventure vicariously. It’s reassuring to know that much of the territory Fay explored remains as wild as it was in 1941.―Nelle Oosterom, Canada's History


The book is a fascinating source that incites study and travel.―PearlAnn Reichwein, BC Studies


About the Author

Samuel Prescott Fay was born in Boston on May 27, 1884. Fay was an early member of the American Alpine Club and visited the Rockies to climb in the Lake Louise and Lake O’Hara areas starting in 1906, making numerous trips with outfitter Fred Brewster. Fay died on August 11, 1971, at his home in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Charles Helm is a medical doctor originally from South Africa and is the author of four books on the Tumbler Ridge area.

Mike Murtha has worked for both Parks Canada and BC Parks and is currently the planner for Banff National Park.

Robert William Sandford is the EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of the United Nations "Water for Life" Decade and also sits on the Advisory Committee for the prestigious Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy. He is a director of the Western Watersheds Climate Research Collaborative, an associate of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan and a fellow of the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary. As well, he sits on the advisory board of Living Lakes Canada and is co-chair of the Forum for Leadership on Water and a member of the Advisory Panel for the RBC Blue Water Project. In 2011 he was invited to be an advisor on water issues by the InterAction Council, a global public policy think tank composed of more than 20 former national leaders, including Jean Chrétien, Bill Clinton and Vicente Fox.

Robert is the author of some 20 books on the history, heritage and landscape of the Canadian Rockies, including Water, Weather and the Mountain West (RMB, 2007), The Weekender Effect: Hyperdevelopment in Mountain Towns (RMB, 2008), Restoring the Flow: Confronting the World's Water Woes (RMB, 2009), Ethical Water: Learning to Value What Matters Most (RMB, 2011), Cold Matters: The State and Fate of Canada’s Fresh Water (RMB, 2012), Saving Lake Winnipeg (RMB, 2013), Flood Forecast: Climate Risk and Resiliency in Canada (RMB, 2014), and Storm Warning: Water and Climate Security in a Changing World (RMB, 2015). He is also the co-author of The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer (RMB, 2015) and The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity (RMB, 2015). Robert lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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Format: Paperback
Couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. An absolutely unique account of an area that is rarely discussed. The title says a lot. As a fellow horse pack trip traveller the book not only helped me gain insight into travel from 100 years ago but provided historical context to exploration of this area. A must read for those interested in the Willmore, Jasper and Kakwa areas. Well done.
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An overall interesting book that takes you right into the heart of the mountains, along old Indian trails, through fire ravaged forests and across flooded rivers. We are introduced to the native mountain wildlife, everything from mosquitos to bears and everything in between. We also meet some of the people that have the mountains and the foothills as their home including a psuedo hermit used to living in the wilds for months on end tending his trapline.

While informative it also tends to lean at times to the tedious side as is the nature of daily journals when at times nothing happens that is out of the ordinary or hasn't happened already. The footnote set up is also a bit awkward as there are many that are integral to the story but they're placed at the back of the book forcing you to constantly flip away from the story and to the back in order to get the information you need. It would have been more convenient to have them listed at the bottom of the page for instant referral.

I would certainly recommmend this book for anyone that ls interested in the Rockies or travelling by packhorse as well as those interested in mountain wildlife and the history of the area. Some may use it as a reference guide if they mountain hike or spend time on horses in the area.

As for me, once is enough and I've passed it on to a friend already.
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