“Classic Hikes in the Canadian Rockies,” by Graeme Pole (Altitude Publishing, P.O. Box 1410, Canmore, Alberta, T0L 0M0, $17.95 Canadian funds.)
The judges knew their stuff when they selected this book as the year’s best new guidebook at the 1994 Banff Festival of Mountain Films.
Admittedly, the author has perhaps the best hiking and scenery in North America with which to work. But he’s gone the extra step to make the book a readable resource that’s colorful and almost too nice to take afield.
The book includes color photography and maps plus extensive sidebar information dealing with wildlife, flora, geology and history of the classic routes.
Fifty hikes in a variety of lengths and difficulties are featured in Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay and Waterton Lakes national parks. This book is worth buying if you want to sit home and ogle at the thought of taking a hike.
For an extra $7, the book is available in a three-ring binder edition. Hikers can leave the bulk of the book home when they go afield after removing the single pages needed for the hike and putting them in a plastic cover included with the purchase.
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