The Alpine Club of Canada

Summit Series 22 • Breaking Trail: Chic Scott’s Story


By Joanna Croston
Twenty • second in the Summit Series
Biographies of people who have made a difference in Canadian mountaineering
Published by The Alpine Club of Canada
Softcover, 8.5 x 11
39 pages, colour photos

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Chic Scott is a man of unconventional firsts. The first Canadian to summit a Himalayan peak, the first Canadian to guide in the European Alps, and he was part of the first team to climb Mount Assiniboine in winter. He is also a local mentor, historian and ski pioneer who has spent his whole life touching the lives of all those who call the Rockies home. Chic is perhaps known best for the ambitious grand ski traverses he achieved; in essence he has broken the trail for an entire generation of adventure skiers who follow. His writing and books have reached mountain communities further afield, spreading the rich history of Canadian mountaineering to outdoor enthusiasts across Canada and around the globe. This booklet celebrates the life of Chic Scott with his most memorable contributions to mountain life and tales told by his close friends.