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on April 28, 2017
I value “Amazing Stories”, a suite about Canadian landscapes or spirits. We have much to be proud of. “<b>Women Explorers: One-Hundred Years Of Courage And Audacity</b>” is the special kind of book that illustrates that. Recording reviews is ideal to identifying why nuggets like these, published in 2003, ought not be missed. I gradually settled for four stars. I don't know if there was a 100-page quota, or if wonderful contributors like <b>Helen Y. Rolfe</b> were new.... however these often feel like presentations. Research, interviewing, procuring photographs, and editing a balance surely took months but reporting facts is not weaving a story. This is a note for Altitude Publishing to consider.

It is wonderful reading, capturing inspiring memories and demonstrating human strength. <b>Helen</b> would not cover as many important ladies in full biographies. We can name the first woman to scale Mount Everest, Japanese <i>Junko Tabei</i>, 1975 and <i>Sharon Wood</i>: sixth in 1986; Canada's and North America's first woman. There are a few genuine stories in detail. I laughed at the indignant Charles Fay. Who names a mountain after himself, before bagging it? <i>Gertrude Benham</i> easily flitted up and down it, the day he tried to in 1904!

Brevity is an asset of this collection, with everything easy and memorable to read, which does not preclude storytelling. Unanswered questions dangle that <b>Helen</b> ought to have circled back to, even while sticking to momentous spotlights. Did <i>Elizabeth Parker</i>, Canada's Alpine Club creator, never mountain-climb, even on a short jaunt? Why not? How did Leanne and Karsten fall back in love? What was the result of their safe migration route assessment? Tying small, personal, curious ends is what removes the tone of recitation. I would love to know if there are awards and ceremonies for first ascents and if so, since when.
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