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Conrad Kain: Letters from a Wandering Mountain Guide, 1906-1933

Conrad Kain: Letters from a Wandering Mountain Guide, 1906-1933

Conrad Kain's letters provide insights into the life and thoughts of this exemplary Austrian-Canadian mountaineer.

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ISBN 9781772120165
Barcode 9781772120165
Published 2 December 2014 by The University of Alberta Pres
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en
Author(s) By Kain, Conrad
Edited by Robinson, Zac
Translated by Koch, John
Foreword by Scott, Chic
Epilogue by Bourdon, Don
Series Mountain Cairns: A Series on the History and Culture of the Canadian Rocky Mountains
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ISBN-13 9781772120165
ISBN-10 1772120162
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher The University of Alberta Pres
Imprint The University of Alberta Press
Publication Date 2 December 2014
International Publication Date 8 September 2014
Publication Country Canada Canada
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Kain, Conrad
Edited by Robinson, Zac
Translated by Koch, John
Foreword by Scott, Chic
Epilogue by Bourdon, Don
Series Mountain Cairns: A Series on the History and Culture of the Canadian Rocky Mountains
Category Award Winning
Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Biography & Autobiography: Sport
Ecological Science, The Biosphere
Applied Ecology
Natural History, Country Life & Pets
Sports & Outdoor Recreation
Climbing & Mountaineering
Number of Pages 512
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 796.522092
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Electronic Book

Conrad Kain is a titan amongst climbers in Canada and is well-known in mountaineering circles all over the world. His letters to Amelie Malek-a life-long friend-offer a candid view into the deepest thoughts of the Austrian mountain guide, and are a perfect complement to his autobiography, Where the Clouds Can Go. The 144 letters provide a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to Canada in the early part of the twentieth century. Kain's letters are ordered chronologically with annotations, keeping the sections in English untouched, while those in German have been carefully translated. Historians and mountain culture enthusiasts worldwide will appreciate Kain's genius for description, his passion for nature, his opinions, and his musings about his life.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of AAUP Book, Jacket & Journal Show, Book - Trade 2015 (United States) -- Winner of 2014 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, Prose Non-fiction Illustrated 2015 (Canada)
NZ Review "Austrian Conrad Kain....became a celebrated guide and mountaineer, claiming sixty-one ascents in the Rockies. Kain was what we have come to call an economic migrant, a poor man looking for better wages and a modicum of financial security.... Throughout Kain's life abroad, the written word was as important as wages to his sustenance.... Spanning the time from just before he set off for Canada until just before his death, these letters reveal something of the immigrant experience, of the loneliness single men like Kain felt, the solace and sadness that news from home brought, and the desire to return, if only for a visit." [https://muse.jhu.edu/article/621168]

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Author's Bio

Conrad Kain, mountaineer (b 10 Aug 1883 at Nasswald, Austria; d 2 Feb 1934 at Cranbrook, BC). Conrad Kain is considered one of the most daring climbers of his generation. Dubbed Canada's First Super-Guide, Kain was a rogue guide that did more demanding climbs than the Swiss Guides. Kain was born in Austria to a poor family that lived in dire circumstances. His father died when he was a young boy, and he did much to support his family as a goatherder and quarryman, poaching animals when money was tight. Kain discovered early on that his real passion was being in the mountains, climbing and guiding. He received his guiding certificate (or Fuhrerbuch ) in 1906 when he was 23 years old. Source: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/conrad-kain Zac Robinson is a historian and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He currently serves as Vice-President for Mountain Culture for the Alpine Club of Canada. Maria Koch studied and graduated at the University of Wurzburg in West Germany and taught high school there until she emigrated to Canada in 1957. In 1964, she resumed her teaching career at the University of Alberta as a lecturer of German. She taught at the UofA for twenty-seven years until retirement. Originally from Germany John Koch attended the University of Wurzburg and emigrated to Canada in 1954. After further studies at the University of British Columbia, where he obtained a masters degree in social work, John worked in the social welfare and health-care fields in the provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and, since 1964, Alberta. John retired in 1987, and since has written and published books on German history, as well as Martin Nordegg: The Uncommon Immigrant (1997) and most recently No Escape: My Young Years Under Hitler's Shadow (2004). John and Maria currently live in Edmonton.

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