Life at Altitude 4.0 - with Ian Welsted and Greg Hill
In celebration of International Mountain Day! Join us for a night of tales from the trails, mountains and beyond! Featuring alpine climber Ian Welsted and record-breaking mountain endurance athlete, Greg Hill, as well as a selection of films from the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival, including Eli, Electric Greg, My Dear Kyrgyzstan and Chasing a Trace.
This event was supported by the Canadian Mountain Network, a member of the Networks of Centres of Excellence Canada program.
In partnership with Crowfoot Media and Banff Mountain Film Festival and artsPlace. All proceeds support the Banff Canmore Community Foundation.
Ian Welsted (climber)
National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year, Ian Welsted is best known in climbing circles as one of only two Canadians to be awarded the Piolets D'or, for his first ascent of K6 West (7000m) in Pakistan. Born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba, Ian moved to Chamonix France at the age of 17. From this year in the mountains he returned to Canada to attend Ottawa University and McGill University where he studied economics and philosophy. In his youth Ian ski raced, but was exposed to the full gamut of mountain pursuits in Chamonix. From skiing and snowboarding the backcountry powder of Nelson and Rogers Pass he moved to Canmore in 2005. Quickly integrating into the climbing community, he pursued waterfall ice climbing with 100 day winters before turning his attention to alpine first ascents. With this experience he began casting further afield and undertook expeditions to the Coast Range, Patagonia, Denali, to the Khumbu area of Nepal, and 3 trips to the Pakistani Karakoram. In 2016 Ian began the process of gaining ACMG certification so that he can share his experience gained over 25 years, and his love of the mountains.
Greg Hill (environmental activist, climber, skier)
When Arc'teryx athlete Greg Hill found ski mountaineering, he was hooked and hasn’t stopped since. A pro skier, filmmaker and a ski guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, Greg has made hundreds of first descents and set world records like climbing and skiing over two million feet in less than a year and 50,000 feet in 24 hours. But Greg’s biggest objectives lately are in his everyday quest to adventure in a more sustainable fashion. Fueled by fortitude, rather than recognition and fame, Greg, a father of two, challenges himself and us all to leave the planet in better shape. Climbed and skied two million vertical feet/609km in 2010, and climbed 71 mountains in both North America and South America over 266 days of ski-touring // First North American to climb and ski 40,000 vertical feet in 24 hours and ultimately set a world record of 50,000 in 24 hours // First North American to climb and ski Mt. Blanc, 12,000 ft, in 11 hours // Winner of the Whistler BC Randonnee race three years in a row (2002-2004) // Planted a million trees // Pioneered the northern Monashee Traverse in British Columbia, Canada, which is a 21-day ski traverse that summits 21 peaks along the way