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What You Missed at Life @ Altitude 2.0


Recap by Billie Norman
Photos by Tyler Parker Photography

To celebrate International Mountain Day in the Bow Valley, Life@Altitude was born. With the inaugural event beginning last year, it was time for 2.0. Back in December, mountain enthusiasts gathered at artsPlace Canmore for a night of presentations, movies from the Banff Mountain Book + Film Festival, a mountain tradeshow and prize giveaways. Here’s a little recap of what you missed…

Paul Zizka presents. Photo by Tyler Parker Photography.

The night began with a narrated slideshow from Paul Zizka featuring spectacular mountain photos from his newly published book, The Canadian Rockies: Rediscovered. Constantly pushing the boundaries of creativity and adventure, Paul Zizka is able to capture the Rockies in a rarely seen way. To follow, Dr. Bill Hanlon gave an insight into the Basic Health International Foundation he founded in 2003. The presentation showcased how the foundation teams up with locals in the area which enables basic health care to be provided to remote communities in high elevations.

To open the night, INDLANDSIS was played. In this film, French filmmaker, Mathieu Le Lay, documents Paul Zizka’s first expedition on the Greenlandic icecap. This is the first chapter of a long-term feature project, In the Starlightwhich will highlight Paul’s work and passion as a nighttime photographer.

The second half of the evening included three films from the Banff Mountain Book + Film Festival. The Curve of Time by Switchback Entertainment Inc. documents how two professional skiers contemplate the impact their love for adventure has on the very environment that sustains and fulfills them. Can they foster a more sustainable path?

What makes for an epic day for a child in the Canadian Rockies? Toboggans, friends, and snow. Take Me Outside – a non-profit organization based in Banff – highlighted this in their playful movie To The Top. To find out more and to watch this short, click here.

For the third film, we shared Sherpas Cinema’s visually beautiful short documentary titled Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpawhich follows the life of a young sherpa and the struggle with the conflicting need to be a high altitude porter and the educational dreams of the rural people.

Throughout the night, attendees explored the mountain trade show, which included booths by Paul Zizka Photography, Basic Health International, the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre, Imaginary Mountain Surveyors, Crowfoot Media and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

Thanks again to all of those who attended! This year, all tickets sales went to the Banff Canmore Community Foundation. See you all at the 2018 International Mountain Day!


Billie Norman fell in love with Canada at the age of seven and writing at the age of 21. After studying History & Politics at Loughborough University and enjoying a couple of winter seasons in the Rockies, it felt right to merge her two passions together. She started a travel guide website called Voyage Collective to inspire others to get out there and explore.

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