The Canadian Mountaineering Anthology


403 pages
Contains Photos
ISBN 1-55105-041-2
DDC 796.5'22'0971




Edited by Bruce Fairley
Reviewed by Anthony G. Gulig

Anthony G. Gulig teaches history at the University of Saskatchewan.


This anthology relates the stories of the men and women who have stood
atop many of the highest and most obscure peaks in Canada and elsewhere.
While most of these accounts are interesting, a few are of the
Reader’s Digest “Drama in Real Life” variety. Permeating some of
the stories is a sense that only the author could have triumphed over
perilous conditions; anyone else would have perished.

A discussion of safety would have been a welcome addition, as would an
index (the glossary is too perfunctory to be truly helpful). The change
in typeface with each successive author is unnecessary and also somewhat
annoying. Nevertheless, for those with an interest in mountaineering,
there is much of value in this anthology.


“The Canadian Mountaineering Anthology,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 12, 2024,