Club Library

Please contact the Vice-President if you want to borrow any of these items.

Maps, etc available for Loan

Small trail maps, laminated

  • Kananaskis XC-Ski trails, Chester Lake & Sawmill (Smith-Dorrien highway)
  • Kananaskis XC-Ski trails, Kananaskis Lakes & Elk Pass (Peter Lougheed Park)
  • Kananaskis XC -Ski trails, Mount Shark & Watridge Lake (Smith-Dorrien highway)

Large 1:50,000 Scale Topographic Maps, Laminated

A bit cumbersome to take on a trip but great for planning

  • 82 J/14 Spray Lakes and Kananaskis Range
  • 82 N/1 Kootenay NP with Floe Lake & Rockwall Trail etc
  • 82 N/7 Golden BC with Emerald Lake and edge of Burgess Mountain
  • 82 N/8 Lake Louise and Lake O’Hara
  • 82 N/9 Icefield Parkway with Bow Summit, Bow & Hector Lakes, and Skoki Valley
  • 82 N/10 Yoho NP plus Peyto Lake and tiny bit of Icefield Parkway
  • 82 N/15 Icefields Parkway with Saskatchewan Crossing
  • 82 O/5 Castle Junction and North, including Cascade River
  • 83 C/2 Icefields Parkway and part of David Thompson Highway, with Sunset Pass and Cline River
  • 83 C/3 Columbia Icefields
  • 83 C/5 Athabasca River and Fortress Lake, plus tiny portion of Icefield Parkway
  • 83 C/12 Maligne Lake & start of Skyline Trail, plus Icefield Parkway & Athabasca Falls
  • 83 C/13 Medicine Lake and most of Skyline Trail
  • 83 D/9 Tonquin Valley & Astoria River
  • 83 E/3 Mount Robson
  • 83 F/4 Entrance to Jasper NP, Fiddle River, and Miette hotsprings


  • Bear Safety

Books available for Loan

The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, B. Patton & B. Robinson, 7th ed, 2000.
This is probably the premier source for hiking in the Rockies, with excellent trail descriptions including distances and times for scores of hikes, from half-day leg-stretchers to multi-day marathons. Without being very outspoken, the authors are pretty good at rating a trail, including whether it is remote or crowded, or if it meanders through a forest without many views. One can spend hours and hours leafing through the pages, dreaming of all the exploring one will do this summer .... and the summer after. And of course it is excellent for coming up with ideas for trips to lead next hiking season. This is the latest edition, with the up-to-date descriptions of obstacles, conditions, and effect of avalanches etc, but things don’t change much so our several older editions are more than adequate for dreaming and planning trips, namely
  • The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, B. Patton & B. Robinson, 4th ed, 1990.
  • The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, B. Patton & B. Robinson, 3rd ed, 1986.
  • The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, B. Patton & B. Robinson, 2nd ed, 1978.
Fire Lookout Hikes in the Canadian Rockies, M.. Potter, 1998.
Describes 82 hikes to active or former Fire Look-Out sites, not only in the Mountain Parks of the Rockies, but also in adjoining regions including Kananaskis Country plus surrounds, Whaleback, David Thompson Country, Forestry Trunk Road region, towards Grande Cache, Kootenays, Golden + Field region, and along the Yellowhead North of Valemount. Many are fairly short uphill hikes, with the obvious goal of a summit-with-a-view, but some are longer and take one through remote or rarely visited regions.
Hiking Alberta’s David Thompson Country, P. Kariel, LonePine,1987.
Covers hikes in the Whitegoat Wilderness Area adjoining Jasper NP, Kootenay Plains West of Nordegg, and Ghost River Wilderness Area adjoining Banff NP. There seem to be ideas and routes not covered in other books, so this could be a useful resource, although I don’t know if there is a more recent edition in print.
The David Thompson Highway: a Hiking Guide, J. Ross & D. Kyba, Rocky Mountain Books, 1995.
Covers a nice range of hikes all accessed from the David Thompson Highway (Hwy 11), in the vicinity of Nordegg and farther West. Quite a few are short half-day outings, with a few longer ones for the enthusiast.
The Knot Handbook, M.. Costantino, Strathearn Books, 2000.
A nicely illustrated book with snippets of history along with beautifully colourful instructions on tying all manner of knots. One can idle away hours just enjoying the images ..... but there are an awful lot of knots, if you want to learn them all, and I’m told this book covers only a fraction!
Everyday Wisdom: 1001 Expert Tips for Hikers, K. Berger, Backpacker, 1997.
(yes, that’s what it says) meet all your needs while being light and comfortable; plus hints on how to deal with problems like insufficient Coleman fuel, stoves that don’t work, clogged water filters, broken tent-poles, and the like. A lot of this looks pretty obvious, but worth a browse through for fresh ideas, especially if you’re planning a longer trip or proposing to go backpacking abroad.
Making Camp: A Complete Guide ..., S. Howe, et al., Backpacker, 1997.
Full of hints on where to pitch tents and make camp, especially for when one is part of a group. Also amusements during down-time in camp, ideas for meals and cooking, and packing lists for various types of outings including canoeing and cycling.
Leave no Trace: Guide to Wilderness Etiquette, A. McGivney, Backpacker, 1998.
Lots of advice and suggestions for low impact, ecologically sensitive travel and camping in the back country, not just for hikers but also canoeists and cyclists. Hopefully GMMC already practices most of this, but I guess we can all benefit from a read to get fresh insight and ideas.
Bow Valley Rock, C. Perry & J. Josephson, Rocky Mountain Books, 2000.
A guide to rock climbs in the Bow Valley, complete with locations, route maps, descriptions, and ratings.
Outdoor Safety and Survival, Judi Lees, Greystone Books, 1997.
The copyright belongs to the BC government, so there is an emphasis on the situation and problems that one might meet in BC. Main emphasis is what one should do if one gets lost, including making fires, finding extra food from the bush, building a shelter, keeping up one’s spirits, dealing with cold and injury, and signaling to the search ‘plane. The solution to many of the problems is being well prepared. Many Club members will know all this, but being lightly written, it is an easy read and there may be valuable reminders and ideas for all of us.
Outdoor Leadership: Techniques, Common Sense & Self Confidence, John Graham, Mountaineers, 1997.
Takes the task of leadership very seriously, with a wealth of instruction, advice, and real-life snippets. Has a bias towards the professional, discussing how one leads groups of business executives, but it’s brimming with hints, ideas, and suggestions. The experienced leaders in the Club will still find plenty to mull over, whilst the beginner will need to make notes! There is MUCH to gain, but to avoid being overwhelmed, or if you are at all nervous about leading, read this book well in advance of the trip, otherwise you’ll feel you’ll never pass muster.
Mountain High: The Next Ten Years, being GMMC Newsletters for 1988-1998 in 2 volumes.
Our latest addition to the Library, serving both as an archive and as a source of ideas, plus tips of what NOT to do, or places NEVER to visit again. And maybe you’ll see your photo bound nicely in place, for all of posterity to admire.