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Pushing the Limits:
The Story of Canadian Mountaineering

 

by Chic Scott

 

Calgary: Rocky Mountain Books; 2000; 440 pages


“Only a man obsessed with and possessed by Canadian mountaineering history could have written this book. (…) Pushing the Limits is broadly organized into five massive chapters (with dozens of sub-chapters) spanning from when the first European reportedly saw Canadian Rockies in 1754 to a section entitled “The Future”. (…) Scott somehow keeps the thousands of stories, mini-biographies, and photos together with his narrative, based in extensive, original research – especially on the relatively untold stories of Quebec climbing and the much-debated first ascent of Mount Robson. These sections alone are worth the book’s price.(…)
Pushing the Limits is highly recommended for anyone interested in the evolution of North America climbing ”
Will Gadd, “Climbing” 2001, June 15, No. 204, p. 142-143

 

“Scott must have interviewed half of Canada plus there must be some 600 photographs and an historical appendix of important events and an extensive index. This is everything a good book should be and I congratulate Chic Scott and his publishers on the achievement, all 440 pages of large format. I whole heartedly recommend it to you.”
Geoff Birtles, „High” 2001, July, No. 224, p. 70

 

“This fabulous book is more than simply a cornucopia of  Canadian climbing; it’s an education as well as an entertainment, allowing outsiders to discover the wealth of really great climbing arenas that infest this huge, exciting country.”
Colin Wells, ‘On The Edge”, 2002, June, No. 118, p. 65

 

“Indicative of the quality of this book is the fact that several of my Canadian friends have offered me copies of the book (one of which I accepted) with the comment that I would find it enjoyable. And they were right! Not only did I enjoy reading through this book, but at the most recent Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival, it was awarded the UIAA’s James Monroe Thorington Award for the best recent work of research into the history of alpinism.”
William Lowell Putnam, "American Alpine Journal" 2001, p. 423

 

 

 
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