This is the work of a lifetime. It tells the story of Canada’s 200 year mountaineering history from the early pioneers to modern day climbing athletes. Discover the story of Canadian climbing from the crags to the gyms, from Squamish to Val David and from the Yukon to the Rockies.
Read about the Swiss guides hired by Canadian Pacific Hotels who ushered in the glory years of the first ascents. Discover the British and American men of leisure who struggled with the wilderness to reach the summits and unravel the complex geography. Learn about the European immigrants of the 1950s who pushed the limits on the rock walls and the Americans who led the search for frightening new routes on the north faces. Join the British expatriates as they pioneer the exciting new sport of waterfall ice climbing. Then witness the popular growth in sport climbing both on the crags and in the gyms.
Finally discover how home grown Canadian climbers, initially slow to take up the challenge of mountaineering, have become world leaders in the sport.
Scope & Content
Series is comprised of digital images (copies) and interviews used for research and final publication of book "Pushing the Limits". Includes 126 individual interviews recorded on Fuji Hi-8 tapes.
Interviews are arranged alphabetically in series by last name of interviewee [see "Content Details"].