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Kayak Session Magazine 36 – Gallery image

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Pyranha Kayaks 2011 Catalogue

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Kayak Session Mag 36 – Gallery image

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KS magazine used an image from a spring trip down the Homathko river in the central coast area of British Columbia. The image is of Steve Arns and Peter Murphy  preparing for a cold night at camp two just above the Mosley/Tiedman Trifluence.

This area is one of the more dramatic areas of the trip with large impressive peaks all around, the entry of the Tiedman glacier and BC’s highest peak Mt Waddington looking down upon you, right before the river doubles in volume and enters the fearful Tragedy canyons.

Classically this trip is under taken in the late summer early autumn when the river is at it’s lowest flows before the rainy season begins. We opted to gamble on the spring melt being a little late and holding off long enough for us to pass through the canyons with manageable water levels. Words do little justice to the scale and beauty of the place.  It is hard to describe the feeling these places give, I guess there is a simplification process involved to some degree. Having only the basic needs covered and being alone with only your kayak and a sleeping bag strips you back to a simple animal far less cluttered and free.

Rapid Magazine – Water colours

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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.

Whistler Nordic

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Delphin Advert for PH kayaks

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Snow conditions at Whistler Blackcomb 11th of December 2010

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Opening Day Whistler Blackcomb 19th November 2010

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Portfolio site update

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I finally got around to updating my web portfolio with some of the last few years images, take a look if you have chance www.steveophotos.com

Gallery Showing – Zephyr Cafe Squamish

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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.

Spa Scandinave

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Myself and Tim Loubier teamed up to shoot a promo for Spa scandinave in Whistler. Great fun. Check out Spa Scandinave’s website

Bella Coola

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Mid summer I headed up to Bella Coola in BC’s central coast range to explore the possibilities for ocean and river kayaking trips. Bella Coola is famed from many ski movies for it’s epic terrain and many big mountain lines. I had heard little talk of the area in regards to kayaking and after a spring descent of the Homathko River felt inspired to return to spend more time in the area.

Kokanee Crankworx 2010 First Weekend Highlights

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Whistler Biking Experiences

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Calaghan Creek Race

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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

3rd Ben Hawthorne and Matt Kompass

Canoe kayak Magazine

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Spring Kayaking

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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??

Whistler Bike Park with Katrina strand, Miranda Miller and Rebecca McQueen

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whistler lake activities

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Mountain Life Magazine

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