Pat Morrow and his wife Baiba are based
in Canmore, Alberta at the heart of the Canadian Rockies. They are best
known for their documentation of mountain cultures and adventures
worldwide through photography, books, and more than 40 film and video
projects. Together they have won eight national magazine awards in
Canada. Their books include Beyond Everest: Quest for the Seven Summits;
Himalayan Passage-Seven Months In The High Country of Tibet, Nepal,
China, India and Pakistan; Footsteps in the Clouds - Kangchenjunga a
Century Later; and The Yukon.
In 1987 Pat received the Order of
Canada in recognition of his achievement of climbing the highest
mountain on all seven continents. This project began with Mt Everest
when he reached the summit during the first Canadian expedition in Oct.
1982, which he recorded on stills and video. Along with several friends,
in 1985, Pat and Baiba founded Adventure Network, the first and still
the only logistics/travel company to offer air access to the interior of
Antarctica. At the Banff Festival of Mountain Films in 1990, Pat was
honoured with the Summit of Excellence award for his multimedia work in
chronicling the mountain experience.
The Seven Summits has become somewhat
of a cottage industry for the Morrows. Originally, Pat was drawn to the
project by the allure of the unknown. After he had helped pioneer the
logistics necessary to reach the most inaccessible peaks, Mt Vinson and
Carstensz Pyramid, and fine tuned them for others following the Seven
Summits path, he was enticed back to several of the summits working as a
hired gun on documentary film projects. In 2002, in recognition of the
International Year of Mountains, Canada Post created a handsome postage
stamp set based on Patıs photos of the Seven Summits.
Although Patıs high altitude climbing
career spans more than 25 years, and averages one international climbing
expedition per year, he is most happy while applying his climbing
survival skills to long overland journeys. Rather than investing a month
or more to a dull and dangerous existence on the side of a single
mountain, why not see how far you can travel in a lateral direction
using the same skill set? The first of these forays began in 1987, when
Pat, Baiba and close friends Jeremy Schmidt and Wendy Baylor launched
out on a circumnavigation of the entire Himalayan range. They set out
from Lhasa in June and peddled, walked, surfed in the back of Chinese
and Indian trucks, and generally hop-scotched their way across Tibet,
into western China, down the Karakorum Highway through northern
Pakistan, trekked in Kashmir, Garwhal, and eastern Nepal, completing a
10,000 km journey over seven months.
In 1994, with Japanese photographer
Keichi Ozaki, and old chum Ang Nima Sherpa from Kunde village, they
walked from Annapurna to Everest, linking six major treks into one. The
600km trek took them past most of Nepalıs 8000ers, and over four passes
almost as high as Canadaıs Mt Logan, in 80 days.
A couple years later, they made a high
level traverse of the Japan Alps, a lovely ridge walk from the Sea of
Japan to Mt Fuji. It took 30 days and along the way they cruised over
top approximately 30 - 3000 meter peaks. A year or two later, they
followed in the century-old footsteps of Douglas Freshfield and premiere
mountain photographer Vittorio Sella on a circumhike of Mt
Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. To add a bit of
spice, they got an exorbitantly-priced permit from the IMF to attempt Mt
Siniolchu, which Freshfield had described as "the most beautiful
mountain in the world". Atrocious snow conditions turned them back
within two days of the summit.
In the spring of 2001, they joined
American biologist George Schaller, and climbers Jon Miceler and Jeff
Boyd on a grueling 30 day trek on a search for the birthing ground of
the Tibetan antelope. The trek took them far from the closest Uighur
villages, through the heart of the Kunlun Range, bordering the
Taklamakan desert. While they located the birthing grounds, they were
unable to stick around long enough to photograph the actual birthing
since their pack animals were starving. And most recently, they embarked
on a film documentary project based on the remarkable work of American
humanitarian Cynthia Hunt. They followed her on a grueling circuit of
the villages she services with health education projects in the most
remote region of Ladakh.
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