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Leo Grillmair - Pushing the Limits: the Legacy | Episode Seven

Updated: Aug 17, 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, Pat Morrow, Don Vockeroth, Laurie Skreslet, and Charlie Locke.

Leo Grillmair came to Canada from Austria in 1951 and since then has played a major role in the Canadian mountain community. He pioneered new routes in the Rockies, most notably Grillmair Chimneys and Direttissima on Yamnuska, made the first Canadian ascent of Mount Alberta, climbed a new route on Denali in Alaska, and was a founder of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.

For many years, Leo was Hans Gmoser’s partner in the heli-ski empire, Canadian Mountain Holidays, and served as the manager of Bugaboo Lodge for several decades.

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

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