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“Suddenly I had the sensation that the mountain was moving. My brain quickly corrected that impression, telling me that no, the mountain was not moving. Instead, a block of rock the size of  a refrigerator was toppling off. And I was clinging to it.” 

As detailed on page 293 of this book, Ben might have had his remarkable career nipped in the bud while he was climbing Mt. Hungabee in 1972. Would someone else have come along to write Handbook of the Canadian Rockies or Raven’s End? Not likely. Ben’s memoir tells the story of how a skinny, myopic and cowardly kid grew into the mountaineer who wrote those classics and received the Banff Centre’s coveted Summit of Excellence award in 2014. 

There’s a lot more to this memoir than just biography. Interleaved with the personal history are 36 readings from Ben’s favorite written work. These essays, magazine articles, stories and book excerpts will have you chuckling in some places, touched in others. All this plus hundreds of color illustrations.

And if you're wondering what “orogenous” means, here's a hint: don't confuse it with “erogenous.”


655 pages, soft-cover, full color, index


Published by Corax Press, 2017

Distributed by Alpine Book Peddlers

ISBN 978-0-9692631-4-2, Cdn $39.95


For post-release corrections, click here.


To hear Ben sing the songs mentioned in the book, click here and scroll down to Music.





This 8-1/2" x 11" highly pictorial publication serves two purposes. It provides an historical account of how the Geological Survey of Canada mapped the geology of the Canadian Rockies between Canmore and Jasper -- most of that large area was mapped in only two summers, a remarkable achievement -- and it acts as the catalogue for an exhibit on the same subject that Ben prepared for the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre.


72 pages, soft-cover, full color, many historical photos, English and French in same edition. Contributions by Ray Price, Roger Macqueen and Rick Green.


Published by Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre, 2012

Distributed by Alpine Book Peddlers

ISBN 978-0-9810275-2-4, Cdn $20.00





Bens best-selling novel, a wildlife story for readers of all ages. Has been translated into Italian, Danish, Dutch, German and Japanese. Winner, “Best Canadian Rockies Book,” Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival 2001. Very popular with kids and used in schools.


357 pages, paperback


Published by Corax Press, 2013. Earlier editions by McClelland & Stewart (2001), Sierra Club Books (U.S. 2001) , Sperling & Kupfer (Italy 2001), Forum (Denmark 2001), Atlas (Netherlands 2002), Kindler Verlag (Germany 2002), Soei (Japan 2006)

Distributed by Alpine Book Peddlers

ISBN 978-0-9692631-3-5, Cdn $19.95


Ben's song Colin the Raven





Ben has been asked many times to write a book like this, and here it is: a guide to the geology you see along all the major highways of the Canadian Rockies, from the Waterton area to the far northern end of the Rockies. The first printing sold out in a year. It was reprinted in 2009, with a number of worthwhile updates and corrections.


The Trans-Canada Highway, Icefields Parkway, Crowsnest and Yellowhead routes, the Rockies portion of the Alaska Highway and more are all covered in loving detail, with minimal geo-jargon.


Over 500 illustrations, including many annotated photos with the various rock units, folds and faults marked. GPS waypoints, too!


Endorsed by professionals and suitable for field courses.


576 pages, soft-cover, B&W, index


Published by Corax Press, 2008

Distributed by Alpine Book Peddlers

ISBN 978-0-9692631-2-8, Cdn $28.50


To download the waypoints used in Canadian Rockies Geology Road Tours and get the latest updates. Click here.





Ben has been guiding hikers and backpackers for many years, and this book is a distillation of all that trail wisdom. Sections on the basics, on clothing and equipment, safety, hiking with kids, minimal impact and more.


367 pages, soft-cover, full color, index


Originally published by Whitecap Books, 2008

Distributed by Alpine Book Peddlers

ISBN 978-1-55285-917-9, Cdn $29.95





Everything you ever wanted to know about Ben's favorite mountain. He wrote the first and last chapters. Winner, “Best Canadian Rockies Book,” Banff International Film and Book Festival 2003.


184 pages, soft-cover, B&W with color section, many illustrations, index


Published by Rocky Mountain Books, 2003

ISBN 0-921102-97-6, Cdn $24.95





Road-log guide to the geology of Jasper National Park, written for the public.


170 pages, soft-cover, B&W with color section, many illustrations, index


Published by the Geological Survey of Canada and Dundurn Press, 1995.

ISBN 1-55002-231-8


Out of print for many years, but recently made available again through print-on-demand (POD) or as an e-book. More at https://www.dundurn.com/books/Rocks-Mountains-and-Jasper


The geological map of Jasper National Park that accompanied the original edition is in the public domain and freely downloadable here.





Large-format collection of outstanding photographs of the Canadian Rockies by Paul Lally and John Winnie, with extended captions by Ben.


127 pages, soft-cover, full color


Published in the U.S. by Beautiful America, 1992, and in Canada by Firefly Books, also 1992. Out of print.

ISBN 0-89802-588-5 in U.S., 1-895565-08-1 in Canada




History of the coal-mining town of Bankhead, founded near Banff in 1905 but now long gone. Carefully researched, with many historical photos.


74 pages, soft-cover, B&W


Published by Parks Canada and the Coal Association of Canada, 1989. Reissued by Friends of Jasper National Park.

Distributed by Alpine Book Peddlers

ISBN 0-9690845-5-2, Cdn $9.95





This is the latest edition, with many updated species names, new geological data and fresh recreational info.


The definitive guide to the Canadian Rockies, winner of national and international awards. Everything from bears to butterflies, rocks to ravens. Sections on hiking and biking, backpacking, mountaineering, back-country skiing, boating, human history and safety considerations. For table of contents, sample pages and updates, click here.


831 pages, field-ready soft-cover, full color, over 1000 illustrations, atlas, comprehensive index


Published by Corax Press, 19862009

Distributed by Alpine Book Peddlers

ISBN 0-9692631-1-2, Cdn $49.95





Guide to popular rock-climbing cliffs along Wasootch Creek in Kananaskis Country.


33 pages, soft-cover, B&W


Published by Rocky Mountain Books, 1980. Long out of print, but available as a free download (2 Mb PDF) here.




How to get Ben's books


If the title you want is in print but not available in a bookshop in Canada or the United States, or you'd like a personally inscribed copy, you can order directly from Ben. The cost is the same as the bookshop price, plus shipping, and Ben would be happy to inscribe your copy.


To order, call 403-609-4449 or e-mail ben@bengadd.com.


To order from outside Canada or the U.S., contact Alpine Book Peddlers



Booksellers, libraries and institutional buyers, please contact our distributor


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Canmore, Alberta, Canada  T1W 2W8

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