Lake Louise, Alberta
Earlier this month Ev and I once again crossed the prairies with Bettie Blue (my 1988 VW Westfalia camper van) for a holiday in the Rockies. For a number of reasons, not least of which being that I took up fly fishing earlier in the summer, I decided not to climb and scramble as usual, but rather stick to the valleys, streams, rivers, and lakes of Banff National Park.
Above are a few images from our sortie “out west.” Ev informs me that crispy-skinned pan-fried trout are her new favorite fish… which is a nice reward for doing something I’ll admit is almost as much fun as climbing. (-:
While we were in Banff we heard the tragic news that my long-time friend and frequent climbing companion, Peter Aitchison, had been killed in a fall while attempting an ascent of the south summit of Mount Victoria. This came as a real blow, from which I’m still recovering (ergo the absence of blog posts over the past few weeks).
We ended our trip a few days early with a visit to Lake Louise, where we could sit and take in the spectacular view that would have been Peter’s last… climb on, Peter, climb on.
Lake Louise, Alberta
I'm having a hard time believing that my friend, mentor, and frequent climbing partner Peter Aitchison is no longer with us. Peter lost his balance while scrambling un-roped two days ago and fell some 150 meters while leading a group of climbers on an attempt of the South Summit of Mount Victoria in Banff National Park. According to Peter's son Jeff, death was instantaneous.
News reports across the country provide only preliminary accounts of what happened — Peter was an extremely experienced climber and a very safety-conscious mountaineer. I expect to meet with colleagues who were with Peter this evening to learn more... my heart goes out to Peter's immediate family as well as the "climbing family" that revered him so highly.
Photos of Peter are from a climbing trip in Fairy Meadows, BC, in 2006. I'll post an obituary here when it becomes available.
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Peter's obitiuary is now in the Winnipeg Free Press, here.
* “An underdog to North American Culture and overshadowed by Britain, we have been searching for our own National Identity. Steeped in history, diversity, and compassion it’s time we celebrated on home turf.”
These are from a collection of student-designed type posters celebrating things Canadian… see more here.
Folks in Alberta who have had precious photos damaged in the recent floods now have the opportunity to have their pics professionally restored by volunteers organized by the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC).
More information here.
Cape Coppermine, Manitoba
I’m excited by the opportunity of learning how to fly fish… (I successfully bid on a handmade graphite fly rod at a recent Concordia Foundation gala fundraising auction; the rod came complete with personal instruction by master angler James Skeoch Townsend, and a full day of guided smallmouth bass fishing “with boat, reel and line, fishing flies, and lunch provided).”
I used to be an avid fisherman (before I took up climbing two decades ago), but I never had the opportunity to learn fly fishing — should be fun!
Do Good Design: How Designers Can Change The World
by David B. Berman
AIGA Design Press / New Riders (Peachpit)
A little over four years ago I reviewed David B. Berman’s important new book here on this blog. I was delighted today to receive an updated/reprint version of this honest, hard-hitting, book—together with a lovely note from David (Duv to his friends), who I have known and exchanged ideas re: design ethics with for well over 20 years.
Do Good Design rails against the consumptive excesses of the so-called “developed world” and urges designers to help steer a better course for our planet—before it’s too late. Delivered with in-your-face directness, it presents a strong argument regarding the inherent power of design to shape our world and takes on greed, excess, and the scheming tendencies of advertising and “targeted” visual communications. Full of pithy quotations, well illustrated (with wide-ranging examples of manipulative media and manufactured needs) and impressively annotated and cross-referenced, David combines his keen observation skills with courage to question the status quo, expressing his marathon call for positive change with passionate zeal. In his words, “the future of civilization is our common design project.”
Thanks Duv—keep up the “good” work of shaping a more equitable and sustainable future!
More info at dogoodbook.com.
At a back-yard fireside picnic last week, Ev’s oldest daughter, Jennifer Kornelsen, Ph.D.*, a neurophysiologist and cutting-edge brain researcher, surprised us with a copy of the latest issue of the Journal of Pain that had just arrived by mail, featuring her study entitled ‘Default Mode Network Functional Connectivity Altered in Failed Back Surgery Syndrome’ based on research conducted between 2009 – 2011. Lo and behold, on the journal cover are images of Evelin’s brain (captured by Jen via MRI) representing “a normal, healthy person” in comparison with images of the brain of an individual suffering from chronic pain.
Of course we were pretty chuffed for Jen… (and also doubled over with laughter at the very idea that Ev’s brain could be considered “normal” in any sense of the word). (-:
*Jen worked at Canada’s National Research Council until last month, when the entire research department associated with Magnetic Resonance Technology at the Institute for Biodiagnostics in Winnipeg was shut down by Stephen Harper, Canada’s anti-science prime minister. Thankfully Jen and her considerable scientific contributions are appreciated by others — she has just chosen one of the four(!) positions that were offered her from institutions across the country.
Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba
If you’re in the Winnipeg area (or the Interlake) and you’re looking for a creative boost, please drop by Evelin Richter‘s studio ‘What? Clay Art & Curios‘ for a visit between 10:00 and 18:00 this Saturday and Sunday.
Download a map of artists and studios participating in the WAVE Artists Studio Tour here.