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High Cols and Deep Canyons
Ordinary Adventures in Extraordinary Places
by Stephen Legault


"I am drawn to the empty quarter, to open country, to the place on the map where there are dragons and giants, and the vast open spaces of mountains, canyons, rivers, prairies, and oceans. However, as the subtitle of this book declares, I am merely an ordinary adventurer in search of extraordinary places." In this series of fascinating and beautifully written essays about his deep desire for meaningful connection with the natural world , his steadfast commitment to protecting the wilderness, and his life on this vast and precious planet, Legault invites us to explore the intricate relationships that develop between people and place when we immerse ourselves in wild nature. Whether comfortably ensconced in a favourite easy chair or bedded down by a raging river under a canopy of stars, readers will slip between sheer canyon walls, walk a wind-torn ridge high in the mountains, meet Blondie the grizzly bear, and perhaps discover their feral selves and the possibilities for a better future that this awakening might bring.


"High Cols and Deep Canyons is an intimate examination of a conflicted life lived well, in some of the world’s finest places. This book reveals how a conservationist’s deepening relationship with the living world can lead to a much more nuanced understanding of what is possible. This book is as much an adventure to be vicariously enjoyed as it is a study on how to live in an imperfect world. Beautifully written, deeply felt, and memorable: it will be an important addition to the shelf that holds the works of Leopold, Thoreau and other conservation writers." —Kevin Van Tighem, Author of Wild Roses Are Worth It. "Early on I recognized Stephen Legault as one of the better young voices advocating for the protection of the Rocky Mountains. Now, three decades later, his book High Cols and Deep Canyons reminds me of why I have enjoyed his writing for such a long time. I hope this book finds its way into many a backpack, canoe, or kayak, as hikers, climbers, paddlers, and families carry it with them into the wilds to enjoy during a night under the stars." —Ben Gadd, author of the Handbook of the Canadian Rockies.


Stephen Legault is a full-time conservation and climate activist, professional photographer, writing instructor and political organizer. He has published fifteen books, including the highly acclaimed Running Toward Stillness, Carry Tiger to Mountain: The Tao of Activism and Leadership, and Where Rivers Meet: Photographs and Stories from the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country. He is also an accomplished fiction writer whose works include The Red Rock Canyon Mysteries and The Cole Blackwater Mystery series. Stephen Legault currently works as Senior Manager, Alberta Energy Transition, for a national environmental advocacy organization. He and his wife, Jenn, live in Canmore, Alberta, where they raised their two sons, Rio and Silas.


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