Ect to put it mildly was not a writer Thus we see how a reticent kind of life s record is pieced together through infreuent and perfunctory letters home the letters often desperate for money from his family at home the minutes of an Alpine Club in Calgary and the plaues permanently installed to honour the builderIt is ultimately a very moving story of a man who did not seek the limelight in any way a proud yet humble man who just wanted to belong and to contribute his climbing skills and his skillfully made stone walls which still stand today in his adopted terrain Lawrence Grassi was truly a legendary figure in the climbing community and once packed an injured colleague down a two mile descent on his back. Tain two lakes and a school and he is commemorated at Lake O'Hara in Yoho National ParkIn Lawrence Grassi From Piedmont to the Rocky
MOUNTAINS ELIO COSTA AND GABRIELE SCARDELLATO UNCOVER THE DEEPLY Elio Costa and Gabriele Scardellato uncover the deeply Behind This Legend From His Birth In The behind this legend from his birth in the small village of Falmenta to his long and inspirational career in Canada Using previously unexamined family letters and xtensiv. .
This is a painstakingly researched biography of *an Italian immigrant to Canada one of many from the small northern Italian village of Falmenta *Italian immigrant to Canada one of many from the small northern Italian village of Falmenta the lasting contribution Lawrence Lorenzo Grassi made to the mountain climbing community and the trails of the Canadian Rockies Lawrence Grassi From Piedmont to the Rocky MountainsauthorsElio Costa Gabriele ScardellatoThis book may interest historians professionals and readers of the genre climbers hikers readers interested in working class history and those of us who are descendents of European immigrants who came to the New World with their hands strong backs and Old World skills The authors did a remarkable job of historical detective work because their subj. Lawrence Grassi was a
Trailblazer In Every Sense Ofin very sense of word A working class man of humble Italian origins who worked as a labourer and a coal miner for most of his life Grassi had a deep passion for the Rocky Mountains He was famous in the region for his commitment as a guide a mountain climber and a builder of greatly admired hiking trails Today in or near Can his name graces a moun. ,
The number of new ascents and repeat ascents he made in the Rockies and the accounts of the people whom he guided never for money up and down the peaks without using modern gear or methods is astoundingThere are uestions lingering toowhy did he stop writing his family in Italy We can guess but it would only be speculation Why did he never marry in Canada He came to work on the railway like so many immigrants did and then nded up working in the dangerous and unhealthy coal
of Alberta mines which were closed due to strikes The historians who are the authors do not speculate however but they have written a book which may inspire novelists and that is already a great contribution in and of itself. E information on Grassi's cohort of Italian immigrants the authors reconstruct hisMINES OF ALBERTA MINES WHICH WERE
personal and professional life correcting myths and connectingand professional life correcting myths and connecting story to the long history of Italian immigration to Canada The definitive biography of this Canadian mountain hero Lawrence Grassi will be ssential reading for those interested in the history of immigration sport and the Rocky Mountains. ,