Alice Purdey believes in seeking and grabbing opportunities for adventure. She has summited Mt. St. Elias, Mt. Waddington and numerous first ascents. She has paddled the coast of BC from Prince Rupert to Vancouver in a 37’ Voyageur canoe, has hiked several long trails from the UK to the Tibetan Plateau, and has most recently spent five weeks in the High Arctic. Now retired, Alice enjoys an adventurous community health nursing career that takes her into many developing countries.
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau, or ALN, is a professional mountain bike racer on the Enduro World Series circuit. At 26 years-old, having been crushing it on a bike since her childhood, her love of riding just keeps growing. Raised in Québec, it is her racing career that brought her to the West coast. Since switching disciplines to enduro in 2015, ALN’s been soaring even higher. She is now a constant podium finisher at the international level, and is currently ranked 3rd overall in the world.
Who better to tell the narrative of our times about the restoration of land and culture than Wa’xaid (the good river), or Cecil Paul, a Xenaksiala elder who pursued both in his ancestral home, the Kitlope – now the largest protected unlogged temperate rainforest left on the planet. Join Wa’xaid’s daughter Cecelia Reekie and author and annotator Briony Penn who meticulously transcribes Wa’xaid’s stories and teachings in her book – Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid.
Bronwyn, age 27, is best known for being the first Canadian female to freeclimb El Capitan in Yosemite, CA, with her ascent of Freerider (13a) over five days in November 2018. She has climbed 13c sport and 13a trad, as well as many adventurous routes in Europe, northern Africa and North America. Also an avid paddler, Bronwyn guided long river trips across Canada for seven seasons, including a 52-day whitewater journey in the Yukon with ten 18-year-olds in 2017.
Corey Rich has built a life and career around his passions for travel, adventure, and telling stories with his camera. With a background in rock climbing and photojournalism, Rich’s work spans a range of genres, from iconic still imagery for leading editorial publications, to television spots and films, to directing high-production-value commercial projects for Fortune 100 companies. Outside of shooting photographs and directing films, Rich spends a significant portion of his time teaching, speaking, and sharing knowledge with the next generation of storytellers.
Daniel Fox’s official title is A.P.E.2 (Artist/Author, Photographer/Philosopher, Explorer/Entrepreneur). Besides the obvious genealogy lineage, he is a Lexus Ambassador, Fujifilm X-Photographer, Sandisk Extreme Team member & Manfrotto photographer, and the author of FEEL THE WILD (an intimate and powerful story about Nature and our relationship with it, told through stunning photography and thought-provoking writing).
VIMFF Board Chair and regular MC, Eileen Bistrisky, continuously encourages audiences to be #InspiredByVIMFF. During last year’s festival, Eileen was inspired to attempt to summit all Vancouver North Shore peaks in the ever-growing “Bagger Challenge”. 82 official peaks in our own back yard!
Erik Weihenmayer is one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world. In 2001, he became the first blind person in history to climb Mount Everest and all of the Seven Summits – the tallest peak on each of the seven continents. Erik continually seeks out new adventures, focusing on empowering people traditionally swept to the sidelines of life. He founded No Barriers, which helps people with challenges tap into the human spirit, break through barriers, and contribute to the world.
Erynne M. Gilpin (Ph.D. of Indigenous Governance) is a mixed Saulteux-Cree Métis/Filipina/Celtic rock climber, climate & wellness activist and birth-doula from Treaty 5 Manitoba, Canada. She is the founder of Indigenous Womxn Climb. She works to support Indigenous communities to access rock climbing in ways which reflect cultural protocols, land-based values and wellness governance practices.
Frank Wolf is a Canadian adventurer, writer, photographer, and environmentalist. He is known for feature magazine articles and films that document wilderness expeditions around the world, with a focus on the Canadian North. His journeys include being the first to canoe across Canada in one season, and cycling 2,000 km in winter on the Yukon River from Dawson to Nome. He was named One of Canada’s Top 100 Explorers by Canadian Geographic Magazine and one of Canada’s Top Ten Adventurers by Explore Magazine.
Hans Rey was born in Germany in 1966, this Swiss/American national now resides in Laguna Beach, California with his wife Carmen. Hans is a former Trials World Champion and inductee of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. He is widely considered to be a pioneer of both the Mountain Bike Freeride movement and the Trials riding scene. As a professional rider and ambassador for the sport, he continues to travel the world having so far visited seventy different countries.
Harrison Crerar grew up exploring the trails, creeks, and mountains of his hometown, North Vancouver. With 3 younger siblings, he has lots of experience hiking with kids of all ages on many different trails. With David Crerar and Bill Maurer, he is the co-author of The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore (2018).
Ian 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 the flatlands of Manitoba, Ian moved to Chamonix France at the age of 17. After studying economics and philosophy at Ottawa University and McGill University, where he carefully avoided receiving a degree, he moved to western Canada and lived in Nelson and Canmore before settling in Golden, B.C.
Together, Janick & Pierre combine more than 250,000 kilometres of cycling adventures in about 80 countries of the Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. In June, 2014 they embarked on an exploration project aiming to identify and understand the various challenges that are facing the contemporary nomadic peoples who wander and live between Europe’s northern most point in Norway and Africa’s southern end in South Africa – quite the journey!
Jimmy’s roots lay in the Sea to Sky Corridor for the last 27 years, where his home base is in Squamish, British Columbia. He lives here with his beautiful wife and two amazing children. Jimmy has been an avid adventurer his whole life and in the last 20 years his travels have taken him across the globe.
Kim and Graham are obsessed with climbing. They have 25 years of combined climbing experience, and have built their lives around this lifestyle. They’ve worked in climbing gyms, taught climbing lessons, traveled as much as possible, and spent 2.5 years in the Millennium FalcVan living #vanlife while climbing around North America. Their passion is climbing outside, and they always have their sights set on the next project or big trip. In 2019 they jumped into their biggest climbing adventure yet: an overseas route development expedition in Armenia.
In his career, Michael Brown has excelled as both an adventure athlete and as a filmmaker. Michael has made a habit of going to the world’s most dangerous environments, including five times to the summit of Mount Everest, and always comes back with incredible footage and compelling stories.
A native of Villaret du Nial (a small village the French Alps) Nouria began kayaking at the age of 5 on the calm Isere River. Despite spending several years primarily racing slalom (an Olympic discipline), she continued to freestyle and extreme kayak alongside her career as a top athlete and her political science studies in Toulouse. Nouria Newman travels with her kayak in search of not only white water but also human adventures: discovering new cultures, exploring, broadening her mind, sharing and meeting people across the globe.
Oliver, Jalen & Kieran received the 2019 MEC Adventure Grant to complete a North-to-South mountain bikepacking traverse of Iceland. Their route took them through the most remote areas of the island, from thawing tundra plains to the high peaks of Iceland’s most active volcano. They set off pedalling with heavy bikes and much anticipation and discovered a winding journey on ancient goat tracks, gravel roads, mountain passes.
Peter Mather is a freelance photojournalist from Northern Canada whose work is focused on environmental photography of wildlife and first nations people. He is known for his storytelling imagery and remote camera photography. Currently Peter is working on a long form story on North America’s most elusive predator – The Wolverine. He is a fellow of the International league of Conservation photographers and is represented by National Geographic Creative and Minden Pictures.
Reuben Krabbe is a local photographer who will be sharing the finale of a three part series of mind blowing ski photographs. More than just a guy with a camera, Reuben skis and mountain bikes alongside the athletes he documents. His skills as a skier and rider compliment his work, and his craft and vision have taken him everywhere from skiing in the Yukon to mountain biking in Alabama.
Sarah Marquis is a National Geographic Explorer who was nominated for the Adventurer of the Year in 2014 and was awarded the European Adventurer of the Year in 2013. Marquis is the international bestselling author of 7 books and is currently working on her 8th. The explorer is as comfortable on stage as she is on a solo expedition – currently having more than 500 talks under her belt. If you add up all her expeditions over the past 25 years, Sarah has clocked up enough miles to circumnavigate the planet, solo and on foot through the most isolated and challenging terrain.
Shelma Jun is a sucker for a good story. Whether it’s documenting cyclists of color in NYC or building a temporary community art park in the Lower East Side, she focuses on bringing people together and sharing their stories. Shelma is also the founder of Flash Foxy and the Women’s Climbing Festival, a national climbing organization that focuses on empowering womxn through climbing. A current Board Member of the Access Fund, Shelma was named one of 40 women who’ve made the biggest impact in the outdoor world by Outside Magazine in 2017.
Sonnie Trotter has been obsessed with climbing for nearly 25 years. During this time he has amassed an impressive list of first ascents and challenging repeats around the world. But his self proclaimed ‘greatest achievement’ so far has been his 14 year relationship with his now wife Lydia and the birth of their two children Tatum and Mesa. Sonnie shares with us some of his insight into the world of love, risk, parenting and travel.
Tom Phipps, retired senior Vancouver City planner, hiker, skate and Tele-skier enjoys the luxury of time to pursue a passion for trekking and cultural contact in the Karakoram, the Himalayan mountains of Pakistan, Pamir mountains of Tajikistan and Zanskar & Ladakh ranges of India. After 57 years of hiking in BC, the US and the European ranges, Tom now organizes and joins treks, plus offers advice on travel in Central Asia.