Release date: June 6/2009

Where The Clouds Can Go - 4th edition

Of all the mountain guides who came to Canada in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Conrad Kain is probably the most respected and well known. In this internationally anticipated reissue of Where the Clouds Can Go -- first published in 1935, with subsequent editions in 1954 and 1979 -- the original text has been accentuated with an expanded selection of over 50 archival images, highlighting climbs in the diverse mountain landscapes of North America, Europe and New Zealand. The new foreword by  mountaineer and filmmaker Pat Morrow puts Kain's adventures, explorations and appreciation of nature into a contemporary context, ensuring that the exploits of this remarkable individual will remain part of international mountain culture for years to come.

"From the humblest beginnings in Austria, Conrad Kain created a life of adventure that most of us can only dream of: from the sun-drenched cliffs of Corsica to the gaping crevasses of New Zealand’s highest peaks. But it was in the Canadian ranges where Kain’s legacy assumed heroic proportions with his numerous futuristic first ascents. One by one they fell: Mt. Robson, Mt. Louis and Bugaboo Spire. Where The Clouds Can Go, the dramatic story of this uncommon man, is a mountaineering classic that shatters the boundaries of the genre."  -- Bernadette McDonald, author of Tomaz Humar and past Vice-President of Mountain Culture at The Banff Center and former Director of The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festivals.

"In this American and Eurocentric mountain world, things Canadian get little recognition. In the case of Conrad Kain this is indeed an unfortunate oversight, for in the early years of the 20th Century he was one of the greatest mountain guides in the world. With the release of this new edition of his autobiography I am hopeful that he will finally get the recognition he so rightly deserves." -- Chic Scott, author of Pushing the Limits: The Story of Canadian Mountaineering

"A marvelous treasure of anecdotes in which Kain reveals an extraordinary connection with his environment and an uncommon intimacy with clients."  -- David P. Jones, author of the climbing guides Selkirks South and Selkirks North
"A stunning masterpiece of mountaineering literature…. That a fourth and expanded edition of Conrad Kain’s autobiography is being published to mark the 100th anniversary of his arrival in Canada is testament to the legacy of this extraordinary guide."  -- Zac Robinson, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta

By Conrad Kain

Original Forewords by
J. Monroe Thorington
& Hans Gmoser

New Foreword by Pat Morrow, and cover notes by CKCS members Bernadette McDonald, David Jones, Zac Robinson and Chic Scott.

ISBN: 978-1-897522-45-5
6” x 9”, 560 Pages
B/W photos
 $29.95, Softcover

The book will be available through independent bookstores, Chapters, Indigo, Coles,, and

published by Rocky Mountain Books

Of note: a copy of the First Edition of Where the Clouds Can Go, signed by J. Monroe Thorington, and presented to The American Alpine Club in 1935, has been donated to the CKCS by member Kerry Guenter. Kerry has also purchased, and donated several other vintage books that contain passages written by, or about Kain, to the CKCS and they are being kept at the Windermere Historial Society Museum in Invermere where the book launch for the Centennial Edition took place.