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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
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.
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.
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…….