Guardians of the Peaks

Guardians of the Peaks

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Mountain rescue in western Canada developed through the Canadian Pacific Railway's use of Swiss guides to enhance the climbing experience in the early 1900s. These guides brought their knowledge of mountain rescue to the Canadian Rockies. As climbing gained in popularity with the emerging middle classes after the Second World War, tragic accidents became more common. Two accidents in 1954-55 (the deaths of a group of female climbers from Mexico on Mt Victoria and a group of Philadelphia schoolboys on Mt Temple) forced the government to develop a professional mountain rescue team through the Park Warden Service under the tutelage of Walter Perren (a Swiss guide and the father of mountain rescue in Canada). Perren essentially turned cowboys into competent rescue personnel, and the story takes off from there. Following five principal men through the first 50 years of mountain rescue in Canada, Guardians of the Peaks also looks at all aspects of the rescue experience. The story is enhanced by the rescue events themselves, which are solidly juxtaposed between the stories and the political, cultural and technical developments of the time. It is also the story of personal tragedy and the ability of individuals to cope with this stress-laced, demanding occupation.Mountain Rescue in the Canadian Rockies and Columbia Mountains Kathy Calvert, Dale Portman ... 212 Ashley, Herb 13, 31 Assiniboine Camp 20 Assiniboine Lodge 167, 250 Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) 46-47, 79, 82, 143, 162, 175, 233, ... Carlton, Ed 28, 42 Carthew Summit 268 Cascade Mountain 85, 114, 153, 186, 188, 286 Cascade Waterfall 185, 203 Castle Mountain 85.

Title:Guardians of the Peaks
Author:Kathy Calvert, Dale Portman
Publisher:Rocky Mountain Books Ltd - 2006


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