In this classic adventure story, the diaries of two men, a scientist and a mountaineer, reveal their distinct struggles in the unforgiving wilds of the northern landscape.
Four months alone in the remote windswept wilderness, adventurer and ecologist Hamilton Mack Laing spends his days deeply immersed in observing the natural world of the Chitina River valley. He endures dust storms, befriends a family of ravens and fearlessly tracks elusive bears.
At the same time, Fred Lambart documents the gruelling expedition to the summit of Mount Logan, the highest peak in Canada. In their primitive wool gloves and canvas trousers, the mountaineers soldier on across the frozen landscape despite escalating tempers and rivalries.
Written nearly 100 years ago, Laing and Lambart’s diaries give the reader a visceral, tactile and cinematic experience of the north in this remarkable tale highlighted with archival photos.
Literary Nonfiction. History. Environmental Studies.
Trevor's freelance writing career took him across British Columbia on a motorcycle. He contributed many travel articles to magazines including Rider based out of California and Traverse based out of Queensland, Australia. He edited Hamilton Mack Laing's account of his motorcycle journey across the continental U.S. in 1915. RIDING THE CONTINENT (Ronsdale Press, 2019) was the result. Researching Laing's expedition career and the accounts of the mountaineers involved brought him to author CAPTURING THE SUMMIT: HAMILTON MACK LAING AND THE MOUNT LOGAN EXPEDITION OF 1925 (Ronsdale Press, 2023): a historical non-fiction title that combines adventure travel and a discussion of conservation into Laing's and expedition members' accounts of their involvement with the Mount Logan Expedition of 1925.
Trevor is also a filmmaker and has made The Young Hustler, a film about his grandfather's days operating a tugboat on the North Arm of the Fraser. Since February 2023, Trevor has been producing video interview segments for The British Columbia Review's YouTube Channel. He is also the interim non-fiction editor for The British Columbia Review and is proud to be working alongside publisher Richard Mackie and fiction editor Brett Josef Grubisic.