John Clarke: Explorer of the Coast Mountains (Hardcover)

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Clarke had no interest in "trophy climbs" and never did ascend many of BC's highest peaks. On the other hand, he explored more virgin territory and racked up more first ascents than any other climber--perhaps more than any climber who ever lived.

Although he came to be honoured far and wide and is one of the few mountaineers to be awarded the Order of Canada, he was a modest man who pursued his passion without fanfare, frequently embarking on gruelling expeditions into unknown territory by himself. His reputation spread and grew to legendary proportions, not just owing to the prodigious scale of his achievements, but because of the way he carried them out--he travelled light and scorned technology, wearing cotton long johns and eating homemade granola.

He dedicated his life to exploring the numberless, nameless peaks of the Coast Range and worked at odd jobs just long enough to pay for the next season's climbing. He was charismatic and famously attractive to women, but none were able to compete with his first love and he didn't marry until he was almost fifty. Always a popular lecturer, in his later years he devoted his considerable energies to the cause of environmental education. After he succumbed to cancer in 2003, the BC government named Mount John Clarke in his honour--fitting recognition for the man who had himself named many BC mountains.

John Clarke: Explorer of the Coast Mountains covers this remarkable life from beginning to end, examining Clarke through his own words and pictures as well as through the words of his many friends. All agree it was an honour to have known him, and readers will find it equally inspiring to meet him through these pages.

About the Author

Lisa Baile is a medical researcher who is an active member of the BC Mountaineering Club and the Alpine Club of Canada. She climbed with John Clarke and co-founded the Wilderness Education Program with him. This is her first book.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781550175837
ISBN-10: 1550175831
Publisher: Harbour
Publication Date: November 7th, 2012
Pages: 288
Language: English