Fifty Percent of Mountaineering is Uphill

Fifty Percent of Mountaineering is Uphill

by Susanna Pfisterer
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Fifty Percent of Mountaineering Is Uphill is the enthralling true story of Jasper’s Willi Pfisterer, a legend in the field of mountaineering and safety in the Rocky Mountains. For more than thirty years, Willi was an integral part of Jasper’s alpine landscape, guiding climbers up to the highest peaks, and rescuing them from perilous situations. Originally from Austria, this mountain man came to Canada in the 1950s to assail the Rockies, and stayed to become an integral part of mountain safety in Western Canada and the Yukon. His daughter, Susanna Pfisterer, has shaped his stories and lectures as an engaging and educational adventure story that features over 100 archival photographs, including avalanches in the National Parks, highlights from climbing 1,600 peaks and participating in over 700 rescues, and guiding adventures with prime ministers. Accompanied by the humorous wisdom of the “Sidehillgouger,” readers will traverse an historical and spectacular terrain.


Susanna Pfisterer, author

Susanna "Susi" Pfisterer was born in Jasper, Alberta. After graduating from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, she worked with the International Red Cross in Romania, Kenya, Rwanda, Puerto Rico and Kosovo on various humanitarian projects. Pfisterer returned to Jasper in 2004 to raise her family. She shares her late father’s love of outdoor activities of all kinds, enjoying hiking, mountain climbing, swimming, canoeing, and skiing. Fifty Percent of Mountaineering is Uphill is her first book.


  • Local lore no longer, the modern reader gets a sense of what made one of the giants of mountain culture tick. - The Jasper Local
  • Impressively informative, deftly written, organized and presented, 50 Percent of Mountaineering is Uphill is a truly extraordinary account of an extraordinary life and very highly recommended for community library biography shelves and academic library mountaineering history collections. - Wisconsin Bookwatch Link to review
  • His courageous and daring rescues make for a great read. - Publishers Weekly Link to review


  • Winner of the 2017 Alberta Readers' Choice Award

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: NeWest Press



rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 312

publication date: 05/01/2016

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book