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Rapid Magazine recently printed this shot from the Ashlu box canyon. This shot was actually a out-take from a quest for a shot that still has not worked.
Whilst paddling the box canyon there is one view that kayakers get when they exit the third of the triple drops, it looks directly back upstream at all the drops stacked upon each other in the super dramatic box canyon. To me this is the absolute essence of the run as it captures the total commitment of the canyon and the impressive vertical drop of the rapids which is very hard to achieve from an aerial prospective. So far though the only way that I can achieve the positioning is via a fleeting glance from the kayak as you pass through the exit pinch. Maybe there is no other way to feel that feeling, other than in a kayak, who knows ? What I do know is I have been very close using some SRT rope techniques, but still not quite got there. I suspect I may be chasing that shot for sometime to come.
I finally got around to doing a small gallery display which can be viewed at the Zephyr Cafe in Downtown Squamish and be around for the Month of September.
The Callaghan race this past Saturday was a resounding success! Despite some worries about water levels and an organizational hiccup days before the race the local community came together to throw a fantastic grass-roots event with beautiful summer weather, a perfect water level and a great turnout of both competitors and spectators. Water levels dropped from a high medium to a perfect medium just in time for the race making the course far more manageable than days before.
I went along to shoot some photos for the race and to generally hang out and boat with all the folk who turned up to celebrate the Creek.
Calagahan Creek is the defacto afterwork classic for Whistler locals and is a classic Southwest BC run that draws kayakers from across the globe to paddle it’s perfect waterfalls. Read Steve Arns’ of Liquid Lores description of the run
The race itself went really well – when the dust settled the team of Kurt Braunlich and Fred Norquist took the title down to Bellingham until next year – great work guys! The top three teams all finished within 30 seconds of one another. Also notable is Mark Basso’s finish with a broken and sinking boat from a small piton while still coming in third place and Maxi Kniewasser and Ric Moxon racing without posting a time after putting in a valliant effort to get to the start line in time but just coming in 5 minutes to late (we were all relieved that we didn’t have to compete against these monsters…).
Check out some shots below from the race. I experimented with using the new Fuji Instax 210 wide to grab some portrait and personality shots for the race. What a fun little toy that turned out to be. The others were taken off the Nikon D3S.
Here are the competitors times for the whole length of the Calaghan Creek ! Next time you paddle the creek and spend 3 hrs scouting it all bear in mind these times !
Fred Norquist – Kurt Braunlich – 16:55
Matt Kompass – Ben Hawthorne – 17:09
Mark Basso – Benjamin Hjørt – 17:23
Greg Dashper – Mikael Aubin – 17:29
Jakub Drnec – Matt Mackinnon – 18:17
Jordie Mackenzie – Bryce Shaw – 18:31
Spencer Cox – Sean Allen – 20:05
Ali Marshall – Steve Arns – 23:40
Jonas Grünewald – Leif Embertson – DNF
Couple of snaps from the start of this years kayak season. So far the season has been pretty full with an early start due to a knee injury skiing. This spring has seen my first experiments with using SRT rope techniques to access difficult canyons for images. It is quite a scary moment when you have to sit back and trust your less than solid ropework skills for the first time, it all seemed pretty simple whilst I was learning the theory on the tinterweb and practicing my rigging suspended 2 ft from the floor in the garage What could possibly go wrong??
Having spent the larger portion of my time in places where it pisses it down for large amounts of time, believe it or not you actually start to form a strange love of the rain, or possibly a deep seated hatred and a drink problem. It is still hard to tell which way I will go with it, but one thing I do know is that when the rain stops, the mists in the coast mountains are some of the most inspiring scenes you can imagine. They roll gracefully across the hillsides, pulsing through the forests and breathing with the landscape. They somehow make all the wet misery worth it………….
This Spring has been a continuation of the Coast mountains ‘el Nino’ trend with large amounts of rain falling on the coast. Here are a few selects from the spring rains…….
Early March in the Sea 2 Sky corridor feels like spring has arrived. The snow line is creeping higher on a daily basis, damn……………..Lets all pray for the winter to have one last installment !! Too much sunshine in Pemberton Meadows at the weekend.
I just used the Nikon D3S as a ‘run and gun’ video camera to produce olympic highlight video virals for Tourism Whistler. Here are the end clips, they are all ungraded and produced as fast as possible for web release. The camera produces a nice web look but was very difficult to use as a true ‘run and gun’ tool. The whole video DSLR theme still feels very young and not quite ready in some ways.
River Gypsies just finished publishing their new Guide to Whitewater Kayaking Classics throughout North America. I managed to get a page in there for some of Squamish’s classic waterfalls.
Bryan Smith of Reel water Productions just put out their showreel of cable camera shots from 2009. It’s well worth the watch………
I was along shooting stills for most of these shoots and you hardly ever get to actually see the end result of all the rigging and time spent. Great to sit back and watch the results….
Respect to Bryan and Matt for the rigging and cable camera operation….
Bryan Smith of Reel Water Productions and Fitz Cahall began this Spring to produce a Web TV series chronicaling the Lives of five Adventure Athletes through the ups and downs of an adventure lifestyle.
They have just released the trailer……….22 more episodes to come…….
Here is the low down….
The Season. Five lives. A world of possibility.
From the creators of The Dirtbag Diaries and 49 Megawatts comes a new web television project following five athletes through the course of a single season in the Pacific Northwest. A veteran climber invents a new piece of gear. A pro snowboarder searches for a way to return to the roots of his sport. A boulderer returns from a series of injuries with new perspective. A family man goes to Whistler to test himself against mountain biking’s elite. A young sea kayaker with a troubled past sets out to reinvent his sport.
Shot entirely in HD, this 22-episode series is available to you for free at a number of locations. Every episode premieres on the Arc’teryx web site. You can have the HD version delivered right to your computer and find all the old episodes by subscribing on iTunes. Expect new episodes once or twice a week.
Back in 2007 myself Matt maddaloni of Sea to sky cam and Bryan Smith of Reel water productions teamed up to produce some viral video content for the Welsh Canoe Assosication. This was very early on in the development of Matt’s camera motion systems and involved myself and Matt actually being on the line to shoot. Matt has since progressed to a full automated system which can be rigged in back country situations in a matter of hours. Here are some of the clips shot using the early cable camera systems.
To read more about Matt’s new rigging and motion camera company : Sea to Sky Cam
Cody Nordick Base jumping the Squamish chief during a shoot for Reel Water Productions.