April 03, 2009

Shooting the Shooter

One of my goals in life is to capture professional photographers with my $29 point and shoot camera. Here we have Ryan Creary at Rogers Pass.

Just got back from a handful of days spread between the Walkta Icefields and Rogers Pass. As the name suggests, the Walkta is not exactly the most exciting terrain on earth and I doubt that TGR will be filming there any time soon. However, if you're looking for a venue to wander around in a whiteout while getting absolutely throttled by the wind, look no further. Ergo, the Walkta Icefields is a perfect training ground for masochists, people who hate to ski powder, and those of us who are fortunate enough to be training for an upcoming ski guide exam.

It's a strange phenomenon, but for some reason, it's almost impossible to catch a professional photographer in focus.

Ryan Creary tries to shoot the illusive neutrino.

Ryan and Stefan on some highly technical terrain on the Walkta.

On to Rogers Pass where the Chief and I spent a day logging significant uphill mileage with very little downhill payoff. We took turns guiding each other around some rather obscure terrain, and the Chief did an excellent job at playing client. He stopped when I told him to, moved when I told him to, stayed in my track, and forked over all his food when I ran out and started to bonk. I, on the other hand, did not play as well and I received a few tongue lashings for my weak performance. "Wexler! If you don't want to play, just say so!" The Chief was heard saying when I failed to follow in his track.

On our second day at The Pass, the Chief and I were joined by Ryan Creary. Ryan documented most of the day's shenanigans and I am confident that some of those photos will come back to haunt us. Of course, there is also the possibility that we will make it on to the cover of the MEC Catalogue and become extremely wealthy and famous.

RC bootpacks up to a top secret location.

The Chief donned his classic 80's fluorescence for this shot.

The Chief and and his bounty.

The Chief contemplates the kingdom and asks himself, "What the hell is Wexler doing here?"

The Chief thanks The Spirits for not being present when this debris came down.

Even snowboarders get faceshots.

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