Photostory #14: Canadian Rockies Challenge Climbers
National Film Board of Canada
June 21, 1955
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Dangerous though it sounds, crawling up a narrow rock "chimney" or hanging from 50 feet of nylon rope over a Rocky Mountain cliff is a sports formula endorsed by over 700 members of the Alpine Club of Canada, who spend long hours climbing for fun and science. Since its founding in 1906, Club members have been making valuable observations of glaciers, measuring ice movements and taking photographs of the Rockies. But helping geologists and conservationists keep tabs on our mountain resources is only one reason why these people climb. Most members are after thrill and adventure. Melting snow, avalanches, bad weather and snow-concealed crevasses are dangers that must be reckoned with. But training and careful planning have paid off; in its 49-year history the Club has had no fatalities.