Very few of my wildest moments have been preserved in photos (for example, my rodeo exhibition on a spinning horse in Mongolia, or the mad dash to chase down a cartwheeling tent on the Dais Glacier, or the exploding coke bottles on the same glacier, or the failed igloo on the Wapta Icefield – these exist only in my memory). But my photo collection does give some idea of how adventure can be gently amusing or downright ridiculous. Herewith my favourites.
I love the expression on this Mongolian father’s face
This is what passes for a road in most of Mongolia.
This photo was taken on the sixth day of rain and snow on a horse trek in Banff National Park in September.
Sometimes a little push is needed.
And sometimes you need a big push. Heading for Summit Lake, Auyuittuq National Park, Baffin Island.
John ready to face the elements on Mt Logan.
This may be the silliest I have ever looked.
This one has no rival.
TIMES WHEN YOU WONDER WHY YOU ARE DOING THIS
I think we’ve all been there.
At this point I had had just about enough cold and wind in Auyuittuq National Park, Baffin Island.
Summit day on Denali.
CAMPSITES I WOULD RATHER FORGET
Below Tesi Lapcha pass, Nepal
Waiting out a storm on Mt Logan.
Actually, this camp on the Dais Glacier, British Columbia, was a lot of fun. Because our pilot allowed 100 lbs of gear each, we had all the comforts of home, not to mention beer, wine and exploding coke bottles.