Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thank You Kenny Bloggins

"Kenny Bloggins", my trusty PowerBook G4 Bloggin' Machine which has created &/or edited so much TRL content over the years, has gotten to be very old & tired. It seems like I average a blog post every 4 months or so these days. But then I realized that's because 4 months is how long it takes Kenny Bloggins to power-up & launch the most basic applications. As a result, I've been avoiding Kenny & therefore have ended up with a bunch of photos from the summer & fall just collecting dust.

Sometimes, like today, I put the key in the ignition & Kenny fires right up. I don't get it. But when it happens, I know I just have to take advantage of the opportunity. So here's some stuff from as far back as June...which just occurred to me that in today's uber-up-to-the-minute online content environment, would make all this stuff "archival" & even "dated". Oh well, so it goes...

I. Another One Bites The Dust
We learned this last week that another world-class BC creek will be lost to the "clean energy revolution". Given the pace of hydro development in BC, this didn't come as much of a surprise:
"The 25 MW Mamquam project will utilize the flow of SKOOKUM CREEK to generate annual green energy for roughly 9,500 homes and will create 140 direct and indirect jobs for local and First Nation communities..."

Follow the above link for the full article & be rewarded with all sorts of self-congratulatory, flowery language about sustainability & jobs creation.

II. Dipper Creek Video!
Bryan got around to editing some of our footage of last year's Dipper Creek explorations. Follow the above link to Vimeo where you'll find a short compilation of Bryan's best shots from the as yet un-dammed Dipper Creek.

III. And speaking of creeks on the chopping block, Callaghan Creek on the municipal outskirts of Whistler is one of the region's most reliable & well known boating opportunities for locals & visitors alike. The 2010 Olympics development in the valley provided super nice new pavement up river-right (though most boaters still use the logging road on river-left to access the put-in) .. & last I heard, a run-of-river hydro project had been APPROVED but was under moratorium until after the circus had left town. Maybe Bryan or someone else up there can confirm that for me?

Anyway, here are some shots Bryan & I got from a fun day on the super awesome Callaghan this past summer.

My shots:

Make a mental note of this shot ...

Bryan's shots:

Ryan & Hale shot at the same instant as my shot above, but from other side of river.

IV. And, as for our favorite BC river that's currently being raped, Ye Olde Ashlu was the subject of one of Bryan's ever-growing list of film assignments from National Geographic. For this project, he assembled a team of kayakers, including Shane, Tretwold, Schertzl, Max K. & me .. & a land-based team of shooters, including Matt Maddaloni, Tim Loubier & Fitz Cahall, to capture the true essence of Commitment Canyon over the course of a weekend this past Fall. He & Maddaloni unveiled their wicked-cool new cable-cam contraption to get some unreal shots of Last Tango, 50/50 & Corner .. as well as river-level shots on multiple cameras throughout the rest of the run. The very talented Steve Rogers also came out for a day & got some incredible still images he generously shared with us (& these are his "B" shots!):

When I talk, people (pretend to) listen.

Max Kneiwasser rolling into 50/50

For 6 years, every time I ran the Box, I dutifully walked out to the big granite slab that forms the river-left of 50/50 & looked down at the seething mess of froth below. And for 6 years I always continued walking right on past that sumbitch saying "maybe next time". Well this year I finally accepted the inevitability, & dropped in & stomped it.


Burseg said...

Nice one shots !

Bernard Yin said...

Truly great stuff.

Melina said...

Those things you run just look. so. BIG. Damn! I'm going to show these to my photo class, they're always looking for new ideas for whitewater photography and these are just beautiful. I love the rainbow and the silohette (sp) pics on the waterfall.

Anonymous said...

Once again, amazing photography! TG, way to fire up that big one!!
And I'm also glad to see you and Mr. Robinson have continued to coordinate your drysuit colors and style. Keep up the good work boys!
All's well on the Eastern Front. -Toph

Anonymous said...

Some of the best Ashlu pix I have seen! Nice work.


Anonymous said...

are those from steve rogers? he takes some sick pictures! Nice work on 50/50 it looks quite brown....

ravil said...

Hello, my name is Ravil. I am the leader of whitewater team from Russia. We have two catarafts and We are going to Acobamba Abyss on Apurimac river in June. Can you tell me something about Abyss. Please, write me or give me your address. Thanks!