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4 The Alpine Club of Canada Gazette spring 2017 Lynn seeks out a powder run high in B.C.'s Kootenays. photo: John Mcisaac Short Rope by lynn Martel W hen it comes to exotic, mys‑ terious and spectacular, it's hard for a wilderness adven‑ ture lover to imagine a more enticing destination than Antarctica, as shared on the cover and inside pages of this issue of e Alpine Club of Canada Gazette. Or is it? In her story, Sandy Walker quotes a statistic that fewer people have ski toured in Antarctica than have summited Everest. Similarly, I recently read a stat that suggested the average Canadian had visited just four of our 13 provinces and territories. I'll wager more people have climbed Everest than visited Tuktut Nogait National Park, located in the Northwest Territories 170 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. With its name meaning "a young wobbly‑legged caribou from its birth until one year of age", Tuktut Nogait saw only two visitors last year. ey explored a wilderness of rolling tundra, wild rivers and precipitous can‑ yons that is home to the Bluenose West caribou herd and its calving grounds (key to the park's designation), plus wolves, grizzly bears, muskoxen, arctic char and numerous raptors. While certainly isolated, Tuktut Nogait is not alone on the list rich with exotic, mysterious and spectacular Canadian national parks. For instance, Ivavvik is Canada's first national park to be created as a result of an aboriginal land claim agreement. Its name means a place for giving birth, or a nursery, in Inuvialuktun, the language of the Inuvialuit. Located in the Yukon's top northwest corner, Ivavvik protects a portion of the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd, and represents the Northern Yukon and Mackenzie Delta natural regions. How many ACCers know as much about our Northern peoples and their cultures as they do about Italy's or Nepal's? Of course, if it's climbing you want, there's Kluane in the Yukon, home to Canada's highest peak, Mount Logan, not to mention neighbouring giant peaks and some of the world's largest glaciers. Or how about Nunavut's Auyuittuq National Park in eastern Baffin Island, home to legendary Mounts or and Asgard and other giant granite spires still awaiting first ascents. And there's the NWT's Nahanni National Park and its spectacu‑ lar Cirque of the Unclimbables. is year, 2017, marks Canada's 150th birthday. In 1885, Banff was established, Mountain treasures fill Library story and photos by Meghan Walsh A s an intern at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, I've been work‑ ing with e Alpine Club of Canada's Library collection. And one thing I've learned is the strength of the ACC Library lies in its diversity. e ACC's collection is a truly amaz‑ ing combination of the old and the new. Mountaineering history buffs can find Volumes from all over the world line the shelves of the ACC Llibrary collection at the Whyte Museum. Canada's first national park, and only the world's third. From its founding in 1906, the ACC embraced as one of its prin‑ cipal roles championing the expansion of Canada's national park system, and promoting appropriate use in moun‑ tain regions across the country. Under co‑founder A.O. Wheeler's leadership, the ACC became the country's first national lobby for conservation. Today, the need for groups such as the ACC to advocate for protected wilderness landscapes has never been greater, as is the need for us all to spend time in undeveloped nature, far from motors, machines, industrial development and electronic communication in order to re‑connect with all the crucial reasons for preserving those precious places. In celebration of Canada's 150th birth‑ day, how about visiting remote, exotic and mysterious Canada, such as Nááts'ihch'oh Park, and maybe give a break to the more crowded old favourites. Learn more about this national gem on page 20. It'll be a trip to write home about. classics such as e Canadian Rockies: New and Old Trails by A.P. Coleman, while climbers can discover guidebooks from all over the world, including e Munros: A Walkhighlands Guide by Paul and Helen Webster. ose looking for inspiration can read about the amazing lives and adventures of Sir Edmund Hillary and Barry Blanchard. e environmentally conscious reader can

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