Renate goes roaming
May 08th, 2020
When German-born Renate Belczyk set out in 1955 to tour the world with her childhood friend Sigrid, two young women travelling alone was unusual. They stayed on the road for three years visiting England, France, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Canada, Japan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Egypt, Turkey, Macedonia, and Greece. They went back to Germany in 1958 but the following year Renate returned to the Canadian Rockies to work in the backcountry. She ended up marrying mountaineer Felix Belczyk and settling in Castlegar. Belczyk recounts her youthful tour in, Our Trip Around the World (RMB $22), due out in September. It’s a snapshot of the postwar era when adventure travel — mountaineering, hiking, hitchhiking, and cycling — was just gaining wide public acceptance.