Kickstarter Support — Rogers Pass Guidebook

Post by blogger | November 24, 2014      

Greg Hill

(Editor’s note: It sounds like this book will be an incredible addition to the North American canon of backcountry skiing guides. Get on over to Kickstarter and give it a push, that way you’ll be among the first to get a copy!)

Doug Sproul on Rogers Pass

Guidebook author Doug Sproul on Rogers Pass

I can’t specifically remember the first time I met Doug Sproul. I do remember the first hut trip we went on though. In 2001 we went to Sorcerer Lodge and spent a week of ski touring over New Years. We really did ski every big line there and I have never felt the need to return since we essentially “skied everything.”

What I remember most about that meeting with Doug was his endless enthusiasm, as well as his nightly map work. I have always loved maps but Doug took maps to the next level. He would be up late into the night developing the plan for the next day as well as drawing in the adventure from that day. It was due to his studious map work that we wasted no energies in the approaches or climbs; everything was efficient. Since then Doug and I have shared lots of adventures and I have always enjoyed our time together in the mountains.

During my first years skiing around Revelstoke and in Roger’s Pass I encountered a lack of guide books or information on potential ski tours. Every trip we went on was exploratory and many ended up being more exploration than powder filled adventures.

Noticing the lack of a guide book I began taking photos of all the mountains and lines around, with the thought that one day I would make a guidebook for the area. I hired a plane and flew around taking pictures and had hundreds of photos ready to turn into a guide book. Then reality struck, I realized that making a good quality guidebook would be one of the hardest challenges of my life, way harder than 2 million feet. So I balked and just kept the photos for my own personal ski tours. When Doug told me he wanted to make a guide book I wanted to support him as much as I could and gave him all my photos.

Since then Doug has sacrificed his adventurous life to create Roger’s Pass first incredible guide book. For three years he laboured on this creation and the effort was not wasted. I held his creation in my hands the other day and realized how great it is — how helpful it will be for anyone wishing to come to Roger’s Pass and ski tour.

Done in the style of European guide books this book is filled with photos, route descriptions and any pertinent information. Just having this book around to look at the mountain photos in it will inspire people to get out and play.

To make money for this guide book Doug put it up on Kickstarter a few weeks ago.

All I can say is that if you ever intend on getting up to Roger’s Pass this guide book will help inspire you to get up here and make your trip that much more enjoyable and successful once you are here — get on Kickstarter and throw some support!


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9 Responses to “Kickstarter Support — Rogers Pass Guidebook”

  1. Lee Lau November 24th, 2014 3:34 pm

    Nice writeup Greg. This will be an amazing addition to any map and touring geek’s library. It’s truly a work of art and the quality shows in the pride with which it was put together

  2. DouglasSproul November 24th, 2014 3:47 pm

    Thank you to Greg and Lou for helping to make this a reality!

    Incredible news all: We have just reached the final Push Goal of ‘Give Back To Rogers Pass’ which is a donation to the local Revelstoke Parks Canada office, specifically dedicated to improve backcountry skiing at Rogers Pass itself.

    The goal now is to give back to you and the place that we all love, Rogers Pass.

    Thank you to all that have helped by supporting it and for being a part of the dream. One Rogers Pass guidebook (and map), coming up!

  3. Louie III November 25th, 2014 3:39 pm

    Awesome! That’s good to hear! Stoked to check out the guidebook.

  4. Bob November 25th, 2014 7:59 pm

    Peculiar lack of comments. Maybe most are like me, been there a few times. I did great w/ Chic Scott’s minimal guide, along with the rangers comments, and the MAP. Really! You skin up any valley there and endless possibilities of lines show up in front of you. Do we really need this. Will people be looking down at their phones and not even looking where they are going?

    I will admit it is nice to have a guidebook to unfamiliar places. But a guidebook is being published to my home areas and it just feels wrong. Downright evil. Just spend a bit of time and find your own way. Do you need EVERY little thing laid out. No looking at maps at all. No thinking. Seems like the buyer loses here, not wins.

  5. Lee Lau November 25th, 2014 11:04 pm

    Well Bob. I’ve been touring in the Pass since 2001. I got every guidebook for that area including the old Kors Kelly books. Personally I love well done guide books even though I’d dare say I don’t need them.

    If you look at the samples from the guidebook (there are two other articles in Wildsnow about them) that might give you a sense for them. Pure mountain porn.

    Personally i find that guidebooks are used by people mainly to go to the same old same old places. Walk over to where there are no tracks and suddenly you got an entire zone to yourself. Just another perspective

  6. ptor November 26th, 2014 1:17 am

    awesome Dougie!!!!
    Hey Bob, I bet you don’t live at Rogers Pass.

  7. Lou Dawson 2 November 26th, 2014 4:59 am

    I should have linked to the other posts about Sproul’s work. Here they are. Thanks for the reminder Lee.

  8. DouglasSproul November 27th, 2014 11:28 am

    Hi Bob, it’s Douglas here, the author and publisher. I would like to send you a book. It will look great in your collection next to Chic’s masterpiece. Would you be into that?

    All: This is not an open invitation to bash the author to receive a free book, Bob only 😉

  9. Bob November 29th, 2014 11:11 am

    Hey Great, I’ll take a guidebook:-) As I said, guidebooks are nice for areas one is not knowledgeable about. And although I sort of know my way around Rogers, there is WAY more I don’t know than what I do.

    I wrote the above when I was in a funny mood 🙂 The second paragraph is about a local guidebook that is coming out, not about the Rogers one (sorry if that wasn’t clear). But I have no doubt many Rogers locals feel that way and I feel bad for them. Guidebooks are bit like the “tragedy of the commons”, the individual (who is ignorant) gains but the area as a whole gets worse (ie, crowded & tracked out). And if you’ve spent 20 years learning where the nice stashes are and a guidebook comes out spelling it all out, anger and depression (and even rants) can result. Especially if it is one of the busiest places in North America. Maybe Rogers is big enough to absorb it all, unlike around here.

    But hey, it looks like you’ve done a great job. Rogers is the best and I can’t wait to get back there and try some new lines. If your serious about the guidebook send me an email at

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