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apogee

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 8, 2008 - 01:43am PT
A thread devoted to the appreciation of many things Canadian, especially the people I have known.

While I have been in awe and envy of the mountains, stone and sea that fills their country (especially the west end), it is the quality of the people that has impressed me most. From those I have known personally who have been important role models and mentors (Phil Hammer, Mark Miller, Brian Spear, Butch Greer); to those I have an acquaintance with at best (Ken Wylie); to those I have never met yet they still impress, inspire and educate me (Murray Toft, Don Serl, John Clarke), to the wonderful minds here on ST (MightyHiker, Tami), to many others that my dissolving memory can’t immediately recall…

Not to sound trite, but I have noticed an uncanny consistency in the qualities of the Canadians I have encountered, including great intelligence, articulation, rationality, an unending desire for true adventure, wickedly dry humor, and a self-effacing humility that the rest of the world could take many lessons from.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Dec 8, 2008 - 01:50am PT
Big Agree !!!! and you articulate so well are you Canadian also ? (Seriously)

Nice Thread Apogee ! Peace and Joy to Canadians and the world at large. Oh, that we could all agree to disagree on our differences and still love each other .... watch each others back .... and send the helping thread to those that need it. Keep trying, don't give up or let life tell you it can't be done. Yo, together it can. Oh well, just sayin' ..lrl
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Dec 8, 2008 - 01:54am PT
Thanks apogee.
Glad to see you cite Mighty Murray, Surly Don and our most wonderful John Clarke. He is sadly missed.
And , of course, you mention Anders> BC climbing access would be a much more pathetic concept in the absence of Anders.

I'm gonna take this opportunity, thread drift or no, to type my disappointment at the written spew that some ST folks get going on when others disagree with their facts, their point or their opinion. Note the lack of adjectives on the words 'facts', 'point' or 'opinion'.

Yeah....
I'd like to type more but I'm not gonna. It really isn't worth it and this isn't the place.

Again, apogee, thanks for your vote of confidence fer the Grate White North. Land of moose, mountains and mounties.
Have a brewski, eh?
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Dec 8, 2008 - 04:26am PT
Skaha



Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Dec 8, 2008 - 04:30am PT
Bugaboo



Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 8, 2008 - 04:50am PT
Tami, I smell what your thinking/saying. No need to say much more. I chock it up to human nature, however vague that may sound. People attack that which they can't or don't want to understand. "Walk a mile in their shoes..." No-one does that anymore.

BTW, Canadians are groovy.
Jennie

Trad climber
Idaho Falls
Dec 8, 2008 - 07:40am PT
Though all international friendships have stress, Canada has been the nation most forgiving of our failings, most tolerant of our triumphs and not required billions as the price of friendship. World alliances change through history but the USA retains the best true friend of her youth.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 8, 2008 - 08:55am PT
Yah, three cheers for Canada and Canadians.

apogee:
While I have been in awe and envy of the mountains, stone and sea that fills their
country (especially the west end), it is the quality of the people that has impressed me most.



And I'll put in a good word for the east end of the country, as well.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 8, 2008 - 08:57am PT
Not to mention, the great North.

Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:12pm PT
Nice comments directed to those of us in the 'great white north.'

Average Canadians just like average Americans are usually great people.

Cheers,

Doug
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:14pm PT
Now if you'd just keep those cold fronts to yourselves!
6°F here at sunrise this morning.
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:17pm PT
Point taken!

:)

Doug
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Where are YOU from?
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:20pm PT
I like Canada.
With folks up there like Ottawa Doug, Pete, Anders, Tami, Bob Shafto, and too many more to name here, how could one ever go wrong?
Canada & it's inhabitants are A-ok, in my book.
Woohoo!
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:33pm PT
I'm from the Desjardins clan.
Jim E

climber
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:36pm PT
Liking Canadians will be key when Canada becomes the 51st state of the USA.

































just kidding.
I do love Canada, though.
I'm 50% Canadian and that 50% is 50% French, 25% Swede, and 25% Mi'kmaq.
edit: I'm sure it's not exact. no doubt there's some other blood lines in that mix.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:47pm PT
Not to sound trite, but I have noticed an uncanny consistency in the qualities of the Canadians I have encountered, including great intelligence, articulation, rationality, an unending desire for true adventure, wickedly dry humor, and a self-effacing humility that the rest of the world could take many lessons from.

Amazing. It's hard to believe that the old trick still works. We somehow convinced you guys -- a hundred years ago or something -- that were were nice, humble, friendly people. Kind of bumbly and slow, but at least the kind of neighbors you didn't have to worry about. You bought it, and ever since then we've been stealthily moving south, stealing your wimmin, raping your cattle, taking all the good jobs... And you love us for it!!! Who says you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

Ha! Soon all your base are belong to us. Then you will find out how nice we really are.
Jim E

climber
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:53pm PT

dirtbag

climber
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:55pm PT
We should go up there with a a few million troops and take "their" oil. Canada is rightly ours!
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:58pm PT
And then there are the stealth Canadians, infiltrating American life, taking over from within. I guess Chouinard's out of the closet now, so no point in pretending he's anything but what he is.

Q: What well-known climber and writer, who sometimes posts to SuperTopo, is by birth a Canadian?

Hint: Not Ghost, and Ghost isn't allowed to play.

ps More Arctic air masses on their way. It sorts of balances, eh?
Llama

Big Wall climber
The bubble that is Irvine, CA
Dec 8, 2008 - 01:02pm PT
How is it possible that PTPP hasn't chimed in on this one yet?!

HELLOOOOOOOOOOO PETE! WHERE ARE YOU?
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