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The mountains are not an easy place to live or play. But that doesn't dampen our spirits. And as we all sit around the campfire, drink down a bottle of smooth Irish cream and share our stories, the surrounding peaks and ghosts of Glacier disappear into the darkness.
Greig Bethel lives in Golden, B.C. He is currently working on a book about Kootenay ski-town culture.
Further informationGlacier National Park is located in the Selkirk Mountains halfway between Revelstoke and Golden. The Rogers Pass area is renowned for its world-class summer mountaineering and winter ski touring opportunities. http://parkscan.harbour.com/glacier Events celebrating the International Year of Mountains, which includes a centennial climb up Mount Columbia and an expedition to Mount Logan, continue throughout 2002 in various western Canadian mountain communities. www.yearofmountains.ca Indispensable reading includes a guide to climbs in the Rogers Pass area and a book on the history of mountaineering: Selkirks South by David P. Jones covers 500 alpine climbs in the region, including Abbott Ridge and Uto Peak. The Rogers Pass area offers a number of fine routes of varying difficulty, many of them accessible to novice or intermediate mountaineers. The northwest ridge of Mount Sir Donald is rated as one of North America's top 50 classic climbs. www.elaho.ca Pushing the Limits: The Story of Canadian Mountaineering by Chic Scott should be read by any self-respecting climber, skier or armchair adventurer. This hefty tome is exhaustively researched and covers the past 200 years of Canadian achievements in the mountains, at home and abroad. www.rmbooks.com