Simon McCartney and Kevin Van Tighem
Simon McCartney: The Bond
Simon McCartney’s book, The Bond, is the story of two epic Alaska expeditions. Inspired by a Bradford Washburn image, McCartney and his partner Jack Roberts ascended the north face of Mount Huntington, one of the most dangerous walls in the Alaska Range. The result was a route so hard and serious that for decades nobody believed they had climbed it – it is still unrepeated to this day. Then, raising the bar even higher, they made the first ascent of the south-west face of Denali, a climb that would prove almost fatal for Simon, and one which would break the bond between himself and climbing, separating the two young climbers for over three decades. But the bond between Simon and Jack couldn’t remain dormant forever. A lifetime later, a chance reconnection with Jack gave Simon the chance to bury the ghosts of what happened high on Denali, when he had faced almost certain death.
This presentation replaces Wolf Spirit: Gudrun Pflüger.
Heart Waters: Sources of the Bow River: Kevin Van Tighem
Since retiring from his job as superintendent of Banff National Park in 2011, Kevin Van Tighem has been busy honing his writing skills, and is here to talk about his his latest book, Heart Waters: Sources of the Bow River. He is known for his broad ecological vision and deep commitment to conservation. The Homeward Wolf won the Jon Whyte Award for Mountain Literature in the 2014 Banff Mountain Book Competition.
Book signing to follow presentation.
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