Self-Isolation Reading List

Coast Mountain's Editor, Feet Banks

Hello Mountain Lifers,

There’s an old poem by American poet Emily Dickinson that goes like this:

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul.

The first thing you need to know is that a “frigate” is a ship, and a “courser” is a swift horse.

Ms. Dickinson wrote these words in the mid 1873 and I believe the point she’s trying to make here is that for all the adventures and exploration we can seek out by ship, horse, foot, plane, whatever, the written word can send us—any of us, at any time— on adventures beyond our wildest dreams.

So for my section of the Mountain Life Isolation Reading List, I tried to pick some of my favourite adventures and articles from our last 15 years of publishing the Coast Mountains magazine. Most of these are longer reads, probably too many of them were written by myself (all writers love their own shit the most) but I’m hoping all of these stories will transport your imagination somewhere far beyond the unsettling reality we all seem to be facing these days.

And of course, even Emily Dickinson would have to admit, the power of great words of adventure grows exponentially when paired with incredible photography like this. Stay safe everyone, and hop aboard…

Feet has More stories to come...stay tuned