Ruthie’s Trails: A Lifetime of Adventure
Compelling tales of adventure by a forever young woman. Ruth Oltmann was born in Ottawa, Ontario, but found her niche in the Canadian Rockies. Her varied careers included running hostels in the mountains, cooking in the backcountry, working in Kananaskis Country information centres, and writing books—all of which led to a myriad of adventures on the trails and in the Canadian mountains. A writer her entire life, Ruthie started keeping journals in 1968; ten years later she published her first book. Over the years she has had countless articles published in various magazines and journals, many of those stories are included in this book.
Published in 2011
Pages: 160 – 6″ x 9″ – softcover, B&W photos.
My Valley * the Kananaskis
This fascinating history of the valley from Neolithic peoples to present-day tourists. The area was controlled by the Stoney Indians in the mid-1800s when James Sinclair and Captain John Palliser travelled the valley in search of a pass across the Rocky Mountains. In the early 1900s trappers, surveyors and gold seekers set the stage for the commerical exploitation of the 1940s and ’50s when the valley bacame a source of lumber, coal and power for the rapidly-growing City of Calgary. Nowadays the Kananaskis Velley is the heart of Kananaskis Country, a multi-use recreation area developed for Albertans in 1977.
Published in 1997
Pages: 240 – 6″ x 9″ – softcover, B&W photos.
Lizzie Rummel: Baroness of the Canadian Rockies
Elizabeth von Rummel was born into the aristocracy of turn-of-the-century Germany. As a girl she came to Canada with her family to spend the summers vacationing on a ranch in the Alberta foothills. But Lizzie’s world was shattered when World War I erupted and the family’s wealth disappeared. The pleasure ranch in Alberta became a working ranch and an alternative to life in their war ravaged homeland. Life was hard on the ranch, but Lizzie cheerfully met the challenge. Then, when other people were settling down into middle-age, Lizzie struck out and met yet another challenge, spending the next thirty-two years of her life running lodges in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains. She molded a life in the wilderness that few people could have imagined, but her love of the mountains made the hardship and the spartan lifestyle seem like a perpetual holiday. Lizzie had the unique ability to bring mountains and people together, and she enhanced the lives of hundreds. Banff, Lake Louise, Skoki and Assininboine and were all touched by her speical charm and grace. In her unique, independent lifestyle, she was a true pioneer of the mountain wilderness.
Published in 1983
Pages: 155 – 6″ x 9″ – softcover, B&W photos.