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Brian Greenwood - Pushing the Limits: the Legacy | Episode Five

Updated: Aug 2, 2022

In 1996 and 1997 Chic Scott recorded 84 interviews with leading mountaineers all across Canada, as research for his book, Pushing the Limits, The Story of Canadian Mountaineering. These interviews have been safely stored in the archives of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies for 25 years and have now been digitized.

Filmmaker Glen Crawford, working with Chic, has selected eleven of the best interviews and has edited them and added photographs to create superb enhanced interviews. These interviews are with Tim Auger, Sharon Wood, Hans Gmoser, Kevin Doyle, Brian Greenwood, Barry Blanchard, Leo Grillmair, Pat Morrow, Don Vockeroth, and Laurie Skreslet.

Brian Greenwood was one of the most respected climbers in Canada. He pioneered dozens of new routes in the Rockies and Columbia Mountains during the 50s, 60s, and 70s. He has 13 new routes to his credit on Yamnuska alone and his 2 routes on the north face of Mount Temple are classics. Brian was also a leader in winter climbing and made the first winter ascents of Mount Hungabee, Mount Victoria and Eisenhower Tower on Castle Mountain.

Brian was at the heart of the Calgary Mountain Club climbing scene in the 60s and early 70s, inspiring many of the leading climbers of the time. He is still an inspiration today and his routes have stood the test of time, continuing to challenge climbers.

Brian retired from climbing in the mid-70s and moved to Duncan B.C. It was here that Chic Scott caught up with him on August 3, 1996.

See more enhanced interviews in the Pushing the Limits: The Legacy project.