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Posted: March 31, 2017

Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook AGM April 7

Pat Morrow

Pat Morrow visiting with multi media show

Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook will be hosting its annual general meeting and an evening with Pat Morrow on Friday April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Centre 64 Dance Hall.

Admission is free and open to anyone. The evening will start with a short annual general meeting including elections, then move into Pat Morrow’s photo presentation of Conrad Kain’s epic first ascents, and conclude with the short documentary Hobnails and Hemp Rope.

As a long-time admirer of Conrad Kain, Columbia Valley photographer Pat Morrow has made a mission out of sharing the legacy of this legendary mountain guide. Morrow, a member of the Mount Everest club, has made ascents of many of Kain’s peaks, as close as the Bugaboos and as far away as New Zealand, where he photographed the Southern Alps on a recent trip.

Then, for those who haven’t had a chance to see the film Hobnails and Hemp Rope, there’ll be a short break and the film will roll on. In this film four amateur climbers attempt to reproduce the groundbreaking 1916 ascent of Bugaboo Spire done by Kain and his stalwart climbing partners, Albert and Bess MacCarthy.

In an effort to strive for historical accuracy, the climbers wanted to make the adventure a true reenactment by using equipment that would have been on the 1916 ascent. No Gore-Tex on this climb.

Expedition organizer Bryan Thompson, who is both a climber and a history buff, explains the motivation behind the film documentary project, “We really wanted to experience what it was like a hundred years ago – to climb, to camp, to cook in the outdoors, to eat the kinds of food they ate.”

This event is a great opportunity for the community to get together and celebrate our historical and contemporary natural spaces. For anyone looking for more information please contact Andrea Chapman at 250-427-2535 or [email protected].

Lead image: Josh Bennison dismounts from the au chaval ride in fine style near top of Conrad Kain’s route on Mt. Wakefield (aka “Guides Route”). Kain also put up a new route on Mt. Sefton (during its fifth ascent), directly behind Josh, and made first ascents of Maunga Ma, Eagle and Thompson peaks in cloud to viewer’s left. Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand. Pat Morrow photo


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