Conrad Kain

We're excited to share the news that historian/author/ACC member and longtime CKCS supporter Zac Robinson has just released an important new book about our favourite historic mountain guide. It's called Conrad Kain: Letters from a Wandering Mountain Guide, 1906-1933 and is available at various Chapters and Indigo stores and at several independent booksellers. It’s also online at

Bugaboos Teens 2014

On July 25, the 6th Annual “Bugaboos Teens” climbing program, organized by the Conrad Kain Centennial Society, got off to an auspicious start.  The 10 high school kids from Invermere, Kimberley and Cranbrook got to meet local mountain guiding legend Leo Grillmair, as they were getting outfitted at Canadian Mountain Holiday’s Bugaboo Lodge with climbing helmets, ice axes and crampons.

Where the Clouds Can Go book review

Austrians Mark Buzinkay and his wife Bea Tinsky are on a 15 month ski odyssey around the Pacific Rim. In April they swung through Wilmer, BC on their way back from a ski tour across the Wapta Icefield in Banff/Yoho parks with a couple of friends from the Conrad Kain Centennial Society. Mark picked up a copy of Kain's biography, Where the Clouds Can Go, and wrote a nice review of it for his German-speaking friends back home. 

Mt Robson Centennial Climbing Camp A Success

A hundred years after Conrad Kain, the Alpine Club of Canada’s first mountain guide, led his intrepid clients to the top of Mt Robson (3954 m), his feat was commemorated during a special camp held at Robson Pass in Mt Robson Provincial Park.

Conrad Kain Returns to Robson 100 Years Later

The CKCS climbing team joined Laurie Schwartz, producer of a play (under the auspices of Banff National Park Mountainwit) “As Far As I Can Take You”, and actor David Thomson for the lovely walk in to the joint CKCS/ACC Mt Robson Centennial camp on August 25 . 

After we mingled with the ACC team members, David launched smoothly into his role as Conrad Kain and entertained both climbers and a crowd of appreciative hikers from the nearby campsite with a monologue that touched on the highlights of the great Austrian guide’s life in Canada.