Hilary on Whitehorse Mountain

Hilary on Whitehorse Mountain

Hilary on Whitehorse Mountain
1967
Banff / Lake Louise, Canadian Rockies

This print’s source is quite age faded. So is my old enlargement, and I presume the 35mm original is too. The deep “half” of the picture, Lake Louise and its twenty-one ambient glaciers have “evaporated.” So here’s a separate view of the famous background, much closer up and much lower down:

Lake Louise

Hilary and I were driving across the Trans-Canadian en route to visiting Robert Taft Olmstead and Chris VonSalza in Berkeley. By Hilary’s ankle, faded or not, you can see the top of the Whitehorse Mountain ski lift. Just after snapping this photo, the camera banging me in the teeth despite its harness, I scrambled up to the summit. By Jesus, the east side of the mountain was likewise a string of spectacular glaciers. I “skied” them in nothing but my climbing boots! Ah!

I’ve told others about that but I bet I never told Hilary. If I had fallen off the backside of the mountain, it would have been hard to find me: if she’d wanted to bother to send anybody looking. But I’m still at it: yesterday I kayaked, then waded, then walked, then waded into a fairly unreachable, nearly virgin lake, caught one bass, and returned, somehow in one piece.

About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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1 Response to Hilary on Whitehorse Mountain

  1. Hilary Knatz says:

    Lake Louise is beautiful!

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