The His­tory of Climb­ing in Que­bec

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Que­bec climber Hugo Drouin brings us the his­tory of climb­ing in the prov­ince where so many im­por­tant Cana­dian climbs have taken place. His new book de­tails im­por­tant ice and rock climbs over the past 100 years. He’s been work­ing on it for sev­eral years and it will be pub­lished in March 2018. What made you want to write a book about Que­bec climb­ing? In 2013, I had t he for­tune of meet­ing one of the great­est Que­bec climb­ing pi­o­neers: Jean Syl­vain. He and I be­came close friends and he told me sto­ries about early Que­bec climb­ing. That same year, I met Gaé­tan Martineau, who showed me his pho­to­graphs of Cap Trinité f irst as­cents from the 1980s. I was awestruck. Deeply fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries had been cir­cu­lat­ing solely by word of mouth and I was in­spired to write about them.

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