Exploring the Rockies: a few summertime adventures in the mountains

I was working on some images of the active lifestyle in the Rockies for a client and thought the summer set would be fun to post.  With fall ready to give way to winter any day it was nice to recall the summer before the snow flies.

In July Jeff and I met a kayak team on the Kananaskis River during one of their training sessions.  We definitely had the easier work scurrying over the rocks photographing compared to waging war against and conspiring with the water.

When I was in the Tonquin Valley with Art Wolfe and Gavriel Jecan, I had a minute to photograph Gav as he was bouldering.  That ended when we noticed a grizzly bear among the rocks a stone’s throw away.

This guy, Chris as coincidence had it, was visiting friends in Jasper and came to Horseshoe Lake for one purpose: to hurl himself off this cliff about seventy feet above the lake.  I remember doing some decent jumps but shooting him descending was a different perspective.  I was impressed with his lack of hesitation and the nonchalance displayed when he swam back to the shore afterwards.  It wasn’t enough to convince me to follow suit though.

I photographed a group of para-gliders, hang-gliders and other fliers from their launch at the top of a ridge above Golden in British Columbia.  Watching them spiraling  upwards on thermals, as this lady was doing in the image above, was amazing.  I came away with a profound appreciation for the grace and the silence of these engine free forms of flight.

We went into the Tonquin Valley in August along a trail that started in forest, came up above the treeline and then slowly descended towards Amethyst Lake.  In the image above, our guide Sarah is leading our group out of the valley.  Seemingly not as adventurous as some of the other images, throw in a trailside bee hive and a six hour trek through rain and sleet, and I think it belongs.

2 responses

  1. Wonderful photos. Who left you or the grizzly bear?

    October 24, 2011 at 4:57 am

    • Once the bear saw us, he altered course and walked along the shoreline. I followed, at a distance, before he finally swam across a short stretch of water leaving me behind.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:20 am

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