Book Review by Ron Dart

There are moments in the mountains when the vast cathedral of rock and silent sentinels are enveloped by low lying clouds and little can be seen—when the clouds lift, the full beauty is revealed. Who could have guessed that the many misplaced letters of, probably, the finest 1st generation Canadian mountaineer were hidden and concealed by the low lying clouds of WWII and dead friends?

Conrad Kain

We're excited to share the news that historian/author/ACC member and longtime CKCS supporter Zac Robinson has just released an important new book about our favourite historic mountain guide. It's called Conrad Kain: Letters from a Wandering Mountain Guide, 1906-1933 and is available at various Chapters and Indigo stores and at several independent booksellers. It’s also online at

Bugaboos Teens 2014

On July 25, the 6th Annual “Bugaboos Teens” climbing program, organized by the Conrad Kain Centennial Society, got off to an auspicious start.  The 10 high school kids from Invermere, Kimberley and Cranbrook got to meet local mountain guiding legend Leo Grillmair, as they were getting outfitted at Canadian Mountain Holiday’s Bugaboo Lodge with climbing helmets, ice axes and crampons.

Where the Clouds Can Go book review

Austrians Mark Buzinkay and his wife Bea Tinsky are on a 15 month ski odyssey around the Pacific Rim. In April they swung through Wilmer, BC on their way back from a ski tour across the Wapta Icefield in Banff/Yoho parks with a couple of friends from the Conrad Kain Centennial Society. Mark picked up a copy of Kain's biography, Where the Clouds Can Go, and wrote a nice review of it for his German-speaking friends back home. 

Mt Robson Centennial Climbing Camp A Success

A hundred years after Conrad Kain, the Alpine Club of Canada’s first mountain guide, led his intrepid clients to the top of Mt Robson (3954 m), his feat was commemorated during a special camp held at Robson Pass in Mt Robson Provincial Park.