The Burgess Shale

The Call of the Mountains

“Of course golf is a fine game, but can it compare with a day on the trail, or a scramble over the glacier, or even with a quiet day in camp to get things in order for the morrow’s conquest? Some how when once this wild spirit enters the blood, golf courses & hotel piazzas, be they ever so brilliant, have no charm, and I can hardly wait to be off again.”

Letter to Charles Walcott, 3-11-1912

Party of climbers at summit of Mount Stephen, British Columbia, between 1894 and 1912.
Party of climbers at summit of Mount Stephen, British Columbia, between 1894 and 1912.
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Falling avalanche, British Columbia, between 1894 and 1912.
Falling avalanche, British Columbia, between 1894 and 1912.
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View of Takakkaw Fall from Lookout Point, British Columbia, 1901.
View of Takakkaw Fall from Lookout Point, British Columbia, 1901.
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