Mick Bailey has provided these enjoyable reads from forays to Mamquam River, Seed Peak and Mount Gillespie.

The so-called retreads are of rough-cut stones of a certain age, temperment and ingrained habit. They tell a tall tale, drink beer from glasses, never stretch and never overnight when a good death march will suffice.

The Retreads Grapple Gillespie

In Two Summer Days, Mick and friend Chris B flee from a bear and thus ends their attempt on Pinecone Peak. Unnerved and then duped by weather gods, the two explore big trees and a river, marvel at the road builders, bushwhack clearcuts and count shotgun shell casings.

Two Summer Days in the Mamquam Valley