Pushing the Limits: The Legacy
In 1996 and 1997 while researching for his book Pushing the Limits: the Story of Canadian Mountaineering, Banff-based historian Chic Scott videotaped 84 interviews across Canada with the leading climbers of the era. They discussed their pursuits here in the great Canadian mountain ranges and also their climbs around the world.
For 25 years those interviews were safely stored in the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta. Through recent efforts of the Whyte Museum Archives, Chic Scott, and filmmaker Glen Crawford, they have been digitized and revitalized. These digitized interviews will be incorporated into a multimedia project entitled Pushing the Limits: The Legacy which will launch in various stages over the next several years.
Three main components comprise the legacy project. First, the digitized raw interviews serve as the foundation of the legacy project and can be listened to in the Whyte Museum Archives and Special Collections reference room by appointment. Second, Canmore filmmaker Glen Crawford has taken 11 of the best interviews to edit and enhance with supporting archival photos. And last, select digitized interviews will culminate in a series of theme-based films relating to Canadian mountaineering, produced by Glen Crawford - Climbing Pioneers of Yamnuska was published in December 2021, and Pioneers of Waterfall Ice Climbing will be available in December 2022 for both a film screening and online viewing. Theme-based films will continue based on funding availability.
This project is made possible through the generous donations of the Lake Louise Ski Resort and Dr. Bill Hanlon.
Themed Mountaineering Films
CLIMBING PIONEERS OF YAMNUSKA
Climbing Pioneers of Yamnuska is about Iyamnathka, the “flat-faced mountain” on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, overlooking the prairies, which has been sacred to the Stoney People for millennia. More recently, the mountain, also known as Yamnuska, has become special to thousands of rock climbers.
Since the early fifties, many climbing routes have been established up the south face. Using interviews videotaped by Chic Scott in the 1990s, this film tells the story of those climbing pioneers and their adventures — Leo Grillmair, Hans Gmoser, Franz Dopf, Brian Greenwood, Don Vockeroth, Dick Lofthouse and Urs Kallen.
COMING INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY 2022 ICE CLIMBING IN THE ROCKIES
Glen Crawford and Chic Scott selected 11 of the best interviews to be edited and enhanced with added photographs from Scott's collection. These interviews are with Tim Auger, Sharon Wood, Hans Gmoser, Kevin Doyle, Brian Greenwood, Barry Blanchard, Leo Grillmair, Pat Morrow, Don Vockeroth, Charlie Locke, and Laurie Skreslet.
These interviews capture some of Canada's finest mountaineers telling stories of their adventures. The interviews vary from 25 to 90 minutes in length and will be released each month of 2022.