Whatever Keeps You Vertical! Septuagenarian Adventures in the Mountains of Western Canada (The Canadian Cordillera)
Whatever Keeps You VERTICAL! is a casual natural history of the Canadian Cordillera (the western mountains of Canada). It is presented within an account, or memoir, of fifteen years of exploring the region from Vancouver Island to the Rocky Mountains. A septuagenarian, or 70-something, emeritus professor of geology and environmental science, LaFreniere and his wife previously explored the mountains of Europe. Exploring closer to home, they found that the Canadian Cordillera was within moderate driving distance of their Pacific Northwest home. The Canadian Rockies and other ranges in this region harbor rich geology and wildlife along with gems of European architecture and fine dining experience tucked within the mountains’ many folds and vast heights. By Gilbert F. LaFreniere.
ISBN 978-0-9748668-7-1; 6 x 9 trade paperback; 279 pages; preface, selected bibliography, summary of geology, and 80 color plates, maps, and illustrations.
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Praise for Whatever Keeps You Vertical!
“Astute roadside impressions of the Rocky Mountain Northwest, which will delight
readers who appreciate travelogues, descriptions of nature, good food, geological
observations, diverse accommodations – and all this interspersed with philosophical
Gerd-Rainer Horn, Professor of History, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris,
Member of the Österreichischer Alpenverein
(Austrian Alpine Club), Sektion Ehrwald
“Do not let the title fool you. Gil’s exploration of this unique North American landscape
will appeal to all ages.”
Ken Jensen, Professor Emeritus, Anthropology-Geography
Western Oregon University
About the Author
Gilbert LaFreniere is Professor Emeritus of Geology and Environmental Science at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He taught geology, environmental ethics, and environmental history for more than 25 years and holds an advanced degree in geology from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in intellectual history from UC Santa Barbara. LaFreniere has extensively explored the natural history of Europe, New England, California, the Pacific NW, and Canada. LaFreniere also authored The Decline of Nature: Environmental History and the Western Worldview. He and his wife Pamela live in Salem, Oregon.