An Inspiring Canadian Adventure
Expedition to Mystery Mountain:
Adventures of a Bushwhacking, Knickerbocker-wearing Woman
By (author): Susanna Oreskovic
Softcover | Publication date: October 1, 2021
Book dimensions: 5.5 x 8 inches
About the book
An inspiring, unique Canadian adventure to re-enact the first route to Mount Waddington. Along the way, discovering how modern city dwellers measure up to the pioneering explorers.
What’s it like to be an intrepid explorer . . . and a woman?
Expedition to Mystery Mountain is a come-along adventure of a city-dwelling woman who, with five fellow climbers, re-enacts the 1926 exploits of fearless trailblazers and pioneering Canadian mountaineers Don and Phyllis Munday.
The team’s ambitious mission: to recreate the Mundays’ route to Mount Waddington, the highest peak of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, outfitted with vintage hobnail boots, fifty-pound wood-frame packs, and only antique ice axes for safety. Is the one woman in the crew prepared to endure the hordes of mosquitoes, the grizzly bears, the thickets of devil’s club, and the other dangers on the List of Doom?
The way forward is uncertain. Fear is not. Her mantra: “Just keep going.”
Far from civilization the gear and the team start falling apart, and the fate of the expedition hangs in the balance. At every turn, another stumbling block—yet her biggest obstacle may not be the impenetrable bush, the punishing weight of the pack frame, or her aching muscles. What is holding her back?
To push on, she’ll need to find inspiration in Phyllis Munday, a badass woman of courage, good humour, and old-fashioned grit. She’ll have to come to terms with her fear of not being good enough—even when the path ahead is only more arduous. She’ll be strong if she can remain centred, moment by moment, and take yet another step. She’ll be unstoppable if she can trust herself in the face of uncertainty and unleash her inner wild woman.
Susanna Oreskovic is a photographer, writer, and adventurer at heart. She is the author of, Expedition to Mystery Mountain: Adventures of a Bushwhacking, Knickerbocker- wearing Woman.
Her come-along adventure, with five fellow climbers, re-enacts the 1926 route of legendary Canadian mountaineers Don and Phyllis Munday to Mount Waddington, the highest peak in the BC Coast mountains. The twist: the team is outfitted with vintage hobnail boots, fifty- pound wood-frame packs and only antique ice axes for safety.
In addition to being an expedition member, she is also the team’s photographer, using a 1921 Kodak film camera; and contributed to the documentary film, The Mystery Mountain Project. When she's not out exploring the world, she creates nature inspired artworks.
For MEDIA INQUIRIES, please contact us:
This Week in History: A century old love story in BC's mountains still inspires by CHECK News Victoria, December 25, 2021
CKTZ 89.5FM Radio Interview November 3, 2021
The Mystery Mountain Project comes to Cortes Island (Cortes Currents Blog)
New Book Launched About the Ill-Fated Mystery Mountain Project (Mountain Culture Group)
Susanna Oreskovic takes us on a wild adventure through Canada's wilderness and back in time. An inspiring read that will make you want to get off the couch and venture outside. - Walnut Tree Press
"What a journey! Big gratitude to Susanna Oreskovic for bringing readers along on this inspirational expedition. We learn along with her the value of adventure and the importance of finding and celebrating our own courage. I recommend this book to mountain women, and aspiring mountain women, everywhere!"
-Angie Abdou, author of This One Wild Life
“outstanding adventure memoir from a woman's perspective, which is rare! I highly recommend this!”
- Kristine Zimmerman, Readers Favorite
"From hobnail boots to wood framed packs, tinned beans to group dynamics under pressure, this book will keep you engrossed--imagining how you too would fare on such an adventure. Above all else, it provides a glimpse into the bravery, stamina, and determination of early mountaineers."
--Heather Anderson, author of Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home and Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Trail
"An eye-opening travelogue you don't want to miss"
--Amanda Murello, Indies Today
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