The Canadian Mountain Network wrapped up it’s 2017 University of Alberta Mountain Festival with a live stream to showcase the breadth of International Mountain Day celebrations across Canada.
Dr. Dianne Chisholm took attendees on a journey through Greenland, Iceland, northern Canada, northern Norway, and the Antarctic Peninsula in "Arctic Circlings." The presentation featured photographic meditations on "the Arctic" - what it is and what it is becoming and combined landscape photography and prose poetry.
On Thursday, we joined Dr. Colleen Skidmore and the University of Alberta Press for a fascinating discussion about the newest Mountain Cairns series book, Searching for Mary Schäffer: Women Wilderness Photography. Mary Schäffer was a photographer, writer, botanical painter, and mapmaker from Philadelphia. She was also well-known for her travels in the Canadian Rockies.
On Wednesday evening we hosted a panel discussion with moderator Roger Epp, who is the Director of UAlberta North. Panelists discussed issues of biodiversity, contaminants, and Indigenous food security.
The 2017 Mountain Festival keynote speaker at the University of Alberta was Wade Davis, an anthropologist and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. His gripping lecture featured archival photographs and a discussion of George Mallory's attempt to summit Everest.
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) hosted a lovely conversation cafe at the University of Alberta to share thoughts, curiosities, and issues surrounding the protection the source of Edmonton’s water.
The Canadian Ice Core Archive (CICA) opened its doors to the public for a series of lectures and tours of the recently constructed storage and analytical facilities at the University of Alberta. As one of a handful of facilities of its kind in North America, this offered a rare, behind-the-scenes look into the world of glaciology and geochemistry.
The Canadian Mountain Network kicked off it’s 2017 International Mountain Day celebrations with a riveting presentation from the University of Alberta’s own Joseph Patrouch on the Prince-Bishops of Salzburg and the foundation of their economic power through control of natural resources such as salt, wood, and precious metals.