Riding Back in Time

As we rode away from the trailhead, the guide turned back to throw a cheerful bit of advice over her shoulder. “You might as well turn your phones to Airplane Mode now. Save the batteries for the camera.” Searching for a signal would drain them dead, since there’s none to be found once you ride…

The Dirt on Food

“Fuck calories,” says Krista Scott-Dixon (@stumptuous). “Fuck vitamins. Fuck ‘willpower’. Put real cream in your coffee. And have an avocado too. Your relationship with food and eating is your relationship with life.” Her book, Fuck Calories and Other Dietary Heresies rethinks nutritionism manifesto-style – it’s a 41 page debunking of dieting BS, distilled down to…

Live well in your places

I rediscovered a favourite journalist/writer this week, in the kind of happy happenstance that doesn’t occur for Presidents, when a rain day cut climbing short and led us to the Squamish library for an afternoon at the magazine stacks with the latest issue of Vanity Fair and a profile of Barack Obama. Prior to snagging…

Locavore’s Dilemma: four bags of salad for dinner? And no tomatoes.

Local honey, a bag of fresh greens and peppery little radishes – that was my haul from the first Pemberton Farmers Market for the season. (Wednesday nights, 4pm-7pm, outside the Pemberton Valley Grocery store.) So, now we’re fully stocked on salad greens – exposing the joy and the challenge of eating locally, in season –…

Chasing the light – shooting the Economic Development Commission campaign

Spent Monday night chasing the light, working with photographer Robin O’Neill, to capture the second “story” for a campaign for the Pemberton & District Economic Development Commission. This shot of our kick-ass local models was eliminated from the final cut, mostly because of the vertical orientation, but it sure fit the branding requirements of showcasing…

A Busy Week in the Co-Laboratory

Spent the week in the laboratory, cooking up a little creative campaign, alongside some of my favourite collaborators, photographer Robin O’Neill, designer Lisa Komuro, and the gorgeous Megeney/Lambrecht clan. The creative will roll out this summer and is anchored by a website showcasing the Potato Nation, and all its growers, makers, movers and shakers.

Outstanding on his board

Verbal snapshot of One Mile Lake at 6pm on a Saturday:  a 6 year old boy casts for fish beside his dad off the floating dock. Half a dozen kayakers paddle across the lake. Dog-walkers enjoy the new boardwalk. A family gathers around a fire in the great metal fire-pit. Someone sits in meditation as…

The Hub of the Wheel

Johnny Foon and I have been playing phone-tag. (It might be the only game I can match him at.) (Photo by Bruce Rowles. Mountain Life magazine.) (“Follow meeeeee!”. “Uh. that’s okay, Johnny. I’ll just go around and meet you at the bottom.”) The ski mountaineering legend has become Pemberton’s chief trail-builder, and he’s getting ready…