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Even here, in a mountain range designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its "superlative natural phenomena," and "exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance," not all scenery is created equal. Some destinations are simply more striking, more intriguing, more inspiring than others. Now you can be certain you're choosing a rewarding hike for your weekend or vacat Even here, in a mountain range designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its "superlative natural phenomena," and "exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance," not all scenery is created equal. Some destinations are simply more striking, more intriguing, more inspiring than others. Now you can be certain you're choosing a rewarding hike for your weekend or vacation. This uniquely helpful, visually captivating guidebook covers Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho and Waterton Lakes national parks, plus Mt. Robson and Mt. Assiniboine provincial parks. It rates each trail Premier, Outstanding, Worthwhile, or Don't Do, explains why, and provides comprehensive route descriptions. 138 dayhikes and backpack trips, each with a map. Full color throughout with 250 photos. The authors participate in 1% For the Planet.


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Even here, in a mountain range designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its "superlative natural phenomena," and "exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance," not all scenery is created equal. Some destinations are simply more striking, more intriguing, more inspiring than others. Now you can be certain you're choosing a rewarding hike for your weekend or vacat Even here, in a mountain range designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its "superlative natural phenomena," and "exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance," not all scenery is created equal. Some destinations are simply more striking, more intriguing, more inspiring than others. Now you can be certain you're choosing a rewarding hike for your weekend or vacation. This uniquely helpful, visually captivating guidebook covers Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho and Waterton Lakes national parks, plus Mt. Robson and Mt. Assiniboine provincial parks. It rates each trail Premier, Outstanding, Worthwhile, or Don't Do, explains why, and provides comprehensive route descriptions. 138 dayhikes and backpack trips, each with a map. Full color throughout with 250 photos. The authors participate in 1% For the Planet.

30 review for Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies: The Opinionated Hiking Guide

  1. 4 out of 5

    mike

    Opinionated, yes. Entertaining, yes. But not for the casual hiker. Day hikes with 2,000ft elevation gain are a little beyond "moderate difficulty" in my book. On the other hand, if you're hard-core about your Canadian hiking, this is the book for you. {edited 2nd july 2011, upgrading opinion} Having now had the opportunity to compare and contrast this book with other books, and with reality, I have to say: "Strictly for the hardcore. Only for the headstrong." This book was invaluable for my trip to Opinionated, yes. Entertaining, yes. But not for the casual hiker. Day hikes with 2,000ft elevation gain are a little beyond "moderate difficulty" in my book. On the other hand, if you're hard-core about your Canadian hiking, this is the book for you. {edited 2nd july 2011, upgrading opinion} Having now had the opportunity to compare and contrast this book with other books, and with reality, I have to say: "Strictly for the hardcore. Only for the headstrong." This book was invaluable for my trip to Banff, once its parameters were understood: These writers are hardcore loners and backpackers at heart. Their idea of a stroll in the park is my idea of a workout. Consider my favorite example, the Plain of Six Glaciers hike (trip 118, p. 427). The rating for this hike is "easy," with a starting elevation of 5680ft and a gain of 1110ft. The book suggests a round-trip time of 3hr to cover the 7mi. I will say that this was the easiest and most rewarding of the hikes we did, definitely earning the book's "Premier" recommendation. But it was by no means "easy," and I had a hard time buying the book's suggestion that this was a cakewalk to be sprinted by average school-age kids. And, even subtracting the tea time, I will say that 3 hours would be aggressive. The Lonely Planet book we were carrying suggested that this same trip was "moderate" with a 4-5hr round trip time, which seemed closer to the truth. Once you know that you're dealing with the insanely fit, though, this book is a real find. It's comprehensive and detailed, providing specific elevations and distances for all of the trips. As a dedicated hiking book, it includes many more options than general-purpose guides. Provided you understand how to interpret the difficulty ratings, it's a godsend. "Easy": A reasonably fit person could pull it off, given enough time. "Moderate due only to elevation gain": Check your boot treads and multiply time by 2. "Moderate": Bring hiking poles, lunch and bear spray. "Challenging due only to elevation gain": Bring an oxygen tank. "Challenging": Bring a flag to leave at the summit.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Frederic Kerr

    "Don't Waste Your a Time" is a cut above other trail guidebooks because instead of just describing a bunch of hikes, it suggests which ones to do and even which to avoid. I have read each edition of Kathy and Craig Copeland's guides since they started as a self-published pamphlet version some 20 years ago. The writing is very entertaining, as the authors clearly love hiking and wax lyrical about their favourite trails. They have even coined the term "disenchanted forest" to refer to hikes whose "Don't Waste Your a Time" is a cut above other trail guidebooks because instead of just describing a bunch of hikes, it suggests which ones to do and even which to avoid. I have read each edition of Kathy and Craig Copeland's guides since they started as a self-published pamphlet version some 20 years ago. The writing is very entertaining, as the authors clearly love hiking and wax lyrical about their favourite trails. They have even coined the term "disenchanted forest" to refer to hikes whose scenic payoff is offset or delayed by too much drudgery trudging below tree line. The only way this book could be improved would be with more detailed maps. Watch also for their other books on hiking in various parts of western North America.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dinesh

    Enjoyed all our hikes from this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matthew RC

    Great guide but NOT for the casual hiker or anyone with kids. The day hikes are far too long for my littles to handle. I hope that they will grow into it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lianna

    Amazing hikes and backpacking trips. I wish there was more Kananaskis and maybe Bugaboos represented and possibly more scrambles and more of those easier, touristy hikes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gillen Brown

    I got this book when preparing for my trip to the Canadian Rockies this summer, and it was invaluable in planning the hikes I did. This book is more aimed at serious hikers who want to really get the most from the region, and the difficulty scale reflects that. I don't know how a 12.6 mile hike with 1775 feet of elevation gain (Molar Pass) can be classified as easy, but it is. What really makes this book stand out is the rating of hikes. Knowing which hikes were good and which were not worth doi I got this book when preparing for my trip to the Canadian Rockies this summer, and it was invaluable in planning the hikes I did. This book is more aimed at serious hikers who want to really get the most from the region, and the difficulty scale reflects that. I don't know how a 12.6 mile hike with 1775 feet of elevation gain (Molar Pass) can be classified as easy, but it is. What really makes this book stand out is the rating of hikes. Knowing which hikes were good and which were not worth doing saved so much time when deciding which hikes to go on. The hikes I took when there were absolutely amazing, and this book really helped those decisions. The title really says it all.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Kenney

    A great title, and a great concept but truthfully I don't think it's possible to waste your time in the Canadian Rockies. It's simply too beautiful. I bought this book before our honeymoon and it's simply to dense and unnecessary for the non serious hiker. Maybe if I was a hiking enthusiast versus someone that walked on a trail following a sign I would have needed this book. A great title, and a great concept but truthfully I don't think it's possible to waste your time in the Canadian Rockies. It's simply too beautiful. I bought this book before our honeymoon and it's simply to dense and unnecessary for the non serious hiker. Maybe if I was a hiking enthusiast versus someone that walked on a trail following a sign I would have needed this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Love this book and have completed many of the hikes in this book. Most of the hikes in the book are not for beginners however someone with a moderate amount of get up and go can do some awesome day hikes. Keep in mind, if you are not going to waste your time in the Rockies it will usually require some effort, this means either length or the elevation gain. Just do it!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

    Used to make list of places to hike in Canadas National Parks... Get again if necessary.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The best backpacking guide out there for the region! A must have for any back-country user.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Jarvis

    Informative and funny

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette Glass

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Machinist

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ralph

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    Staysee

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

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    Emily Yi

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    Jeremy Norton

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    Kris Jackson

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mahfam Ghods

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chantell

  22. 4 out of 5

    Evan

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    David Cooper

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    Leslie

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    Alexa

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    Becky

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mike L

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    Kim

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