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Guardians of the Peaks free pdf 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.

About Kathy Calvert

Kathy Calvert is Don Forest's eldest daughter. She started climbing with her father and twin brother in 1963. In 1977 she was a member of the first all-women's expedition to Mount Logan and in 1989 a member of the first all-women's ski traverse from the Bugaboos to Rogers Pass.

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Author : Kathy Calvert
Publisher : Rocky Mountain Books,Canada
Data Published : 14 March 2007
ISBN : 189476580X
EAN : 9781894765800
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 327 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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