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Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies: The Opinionated Hiking Guide Paperback – 1 Jul 2004
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The one criticism I'd offer is that he is over-optimistic about the time needed for many of the hikes. And when he says a hike is "moderate", take a big breath and be prepared to sweat!
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The directions for getting to the trail heads are clear enough, but the included maps could be seriously upgraded.
Sometimes I am a little baffled by the ratings systems... some of their highest-rated hikes were just okay, while some of their mid tier ones offered better scenery.
Overall though, it is a good read.
The book is divided into a series of chapters, each covering a hike or area of interlinked hikes. Each chapter offers basic data such as the distance of hikes, elevation change, and a rating for difficulty. The Copeland's rating system of easy, moderate and challenging presupposes at least some level of basic fitness and should be taken seriously with respect to the challenge posed by the terrain and the highly variable weather in the Canadian Rockies. Each chapter includes commentary on the special aspects of the terrain covered by the hike, typically grouped with sketch maps and photos and a recommendation for the appropriate supplemental map.
The Copelands also offer much useful information on the weather, wildlife, and other potential hazards in the Rockies, along with sound recommendations for equipment and trip planning.
The Copelands write in an entertaining style; this author found their opinions on what can be experienced on various hikes to be well-founded, based on several seasons of hiking in the Canadian Rockies. This book is highly recommended to the non-technical but enterprising hiker looking to explore the Canadian Rockies.