Conrad Kain’s “Where the Clouds Can Go”

11 Jan

When our Book/Food Club last met at the Hotel Macdonald for our 10th anniversary, we asked some of the hotel staff for book suggestions.  On the recommendation of Nyal, the Hotel’s concierge, we chose Conrad Kain‘s Where the Clouds Can Go,  and we were glad that we did. It was well-suited to the historical interests of our club and took some of us, who are not exactly athletic outdoorswomen let alone mountain climbers, to places of peril and natural beauty without having to leave the comfort of my chair.

As Rocky Mountain Books notes: Of all the mountain guides who came to Canada in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Conrad Kain is probably the most respected and well-known. In this internationally anticipated reissue of Where the Clouds Can Go-first published in 1935, with subsequent editions in 1954 and 1979-Rocky Mountain Books has accentuated the original text with an expanded selection of over 50 archival images that celebrate the accomplishments of Conrad Kain in the diverse mountain landscapes of North America, Europe and New Zealand. 


A. H. MacCarthy, Beth MacCarthy, Caroline Hinman, Conrad Kain and unidentified boy,[1913]. Photo by Byron Harmon, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies – Photo Archives

Book\Food Club’s first get-together of 2016 was hosted at Leslie’s house on the evening of January 7th, and it was a hearty feast worthy of Mount Resplendent’s name itself.


Kain was often spoke of being hungry; he was not always well-paid, and often the worst offenders were the rich clients who he guided up mountains. Leslie’s feast, although based on food that Kain ate such as bread, butter, sausages and cheese, did not leave us hungry. It was much more abundant than his meagre meals and without doubt much tastier.


Beverages included Moldavian Cabernet de Ciumai, apple & lingonberry juice, and sparkling water.


Leslie made a delicious, comforting stew (substituting beef for the animals that Kain hunted and ate: bear, mountain goat and chamois – thank you).


For dessert we enjoyed chocolates and Leslie’s yummy traditional Christmas sugar cookies by the cozy fire, sipping tea for additional warmth.  I was ready for a bracing winter walk home – all of two blocks. Thanks Leslie!   


All photos by Marlena Wyman unless otherwise noted

Posted by Truly Scrumptious






One Response to “Conrad Kain’s “Where the Clouds Can Go””

  1. swankola January 11, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    Looks delightful.

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