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Dale Portman, Author of "The Green Horse: My Early Years in the Canadian Rockies"

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Join Albertan author Dale Portman for a reading from his book "The Green Horse; My Early Years in the Canadian Rockies"
Born in the West but raised initially in the East, Dale Portman was eight years old when his family headed back to the land of the Rockies for a visit then returned for good when he was thirteen.  Growing up in Calgary, he was introduced to the Rocky Mountains at an early age and as a young man eventually found employment in Banff National Park, where he spent most of his time in the saddle working for outfitter Bert Mickle, based out of Skoki Lodge near Lake Louise.  Eventually, Dale was drawn to the warden service, doing avalanche control and forecasting in Rogers Pass, with the backcountry of Jasper, Yoho National Park, and Field, BC eventually becoming the stage for many memorable, humorous, tragic and life-affirming moments.  The Green Horse takes the reader on a journey through a time when our mountain national parks were less and more substantive.  When there was space for everyone to enjoy without having to line up and there was a sense of freedom and adventure in the air.
Dale’s Bio
Dale Portman is a retired park warden who was involved with mountain rescue and worked as a professional dog handler for 12 years.  He has written three books and co-written a fourth about his experiences working in the Canadian Rockies.  He has a book due next year entitled “Sojourns to Cathay” a non-fiction account of his many trips to China and the changes he witnessed.  He spent seventeen years working in Jasper National Park and spent 13 years working in Yoho, Lake Louise, and Glacier/ Revelstoke National Park.  He is the president of the Park Warden Service Alumni Society and he and his wife Kathy Calvert live in Cochrane, Alberta.

Broadcast from Cochrane Public Library

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