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#101 Post by bmc » Fri Oct 05, 2007 5:03 am

It's Friday. I need to see some pictures of Canada's back country. This thread is one of my favorites as I have not lived in Canada for nine years and the images in this thread take me back to a stunningly beautiful country.

Guys....break out more pics for your appreciative audience.

bezerker...beautiful shots.
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#102 Post by just curious » Fri Oct 05, 2007 9:03 am

Well, if yer just approaching Canada from the North, it'll look like this:
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From the Top, it'll look like this:
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If your a hunter, it'll look like this:
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Clearing customs:
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If you deal well with surprises:
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Or if you need a bit of exercises, and wanna roll a few drums:
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If your an Oil and Gas Type:
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Happy now?
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#103 Post by lucky37 » Fri Oct 05, 2007 9:23 am

Not as good as some of the others, but here goes..

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#104 Post by sky's the limit » Fri Oct 05, 2007 11:08 am

Great shots guys.

Lucky37, what type of camera you using there?


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#105 Post by snoopy » Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:16 pm

STL,
I was wondering the same thing about what camera you were using?
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#106 Post by lucky37 » Fri Oct 05, 2007 1:30 pm

Great pics by everyone here! My fav thread by far.

Been using a combination of Nikon D50, Canon S400, and Canon SD800IS.
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#107 Post by sky's the limit » Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:45 pm

snoopy wrote:STL,
I was wondering the same thing about what camera you were using?
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My shots are either the point and shoot Nikon Coolpix, or the Canon 1d MKII. Most of the aircraft shots are the point and shoot, but all the scenery and B&W stuff is with the 1D. Lenses on that are either the 24-70F2.8, or the 70-200mmIS F2.8.

This really is a good thread, great to SEE what everyone is up to, instead of hearing about it.... :wink:

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#108 Post by sky's the limit » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:12 pm

Landing before "dark" last week. Straight of Georgia area.


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#109 Post by bezerker » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:21 pm

Awesome pics gentlemen. I wish I had the skill.

No airplane pics but I've got lots of scenery for you.

Not the best pic, but notable as it a panorama of the biggest hill in the country and the plane is at around 17,000 feet
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A few miles down the valley.
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Panorama of last pic.
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A couple more nice pics from the same flight.
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You still don't get the sense of scale unless you are there unfortunately.
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#110 Post by sky's the limit » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:25 pm

No, you most certainly don't. Nice shots, brings back a few memories.


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#111 Post by xsbank » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:09 pm

Waddington is cool - try flying UP the glacier (kids, don't try this at home) on just the right day....wonderful spot.

Once upon a time I flew into Scar Creek in the Homathco regularly and got up to that area lots.

EVERYBODY'S photos are glorious - well done!
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#112 Post by sky's the limit » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:19 pm

xsbank wrote:Waddington is cool - try flying UP the glacier (kids, don't try this at home) on just the right day....wonderful spot.

Once upon a time I flew into Scar Creek in the Homathco regularly and got up to that area lots.

EVERYBODY'S photos are glorious - well done!

Was at Scar yesterday XS,

Caught a few Dollie's in the river, and one Coho. Was glorious wx to boot. Great day. No pics though.

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#113 Post by xsbank » Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:37 pm

Spectacular spot. I wanted to get up Bute in my boat this summer but the mouth of the Homathco is not a great place to anchor. It is a long haul with little shelter in a slow boat, with really scary winds in the afternoon, although this year was so wet there probably weren't the usual outflows. I'll do it one year, if I live long enough.

Sky, is there still a camp and airstrip there? I used to land an Islander in there and the leading edge of the stab was bashed flat by rocks that would work their way out of the riverbed. The camp would grade it then a few days later, riverbed again.

Later, for another company, that airplane was lost with 8 pax somewhere between Campbell River and Smithers - never found a trace. I often wondered if the tail had something to do with it...
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#114 Post by sky's the limit » Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:57 pm

That's why I quit flying airplanes..... :wink:

The whole Scar Camp is still there, derilict now though, but still intact. The airstrip is usable, certainly by a single, maybe even get a Twin Otter in there still.

We were working in a cut block about 2000ft above camp, and it was crystal clear, so Waddington et al were out in all their splendor. No camera of course....

The history of that place is amazing, and flying the canyon upstream a couple miles is pretty neat. The main camp these days is Terminal's camp at the mouth of the Homathco, as well as Interfor's camp at Potato Point. The water was glass in there all day yesterday, first time I've ever seen that!

Busy place these days, the Chinook is in there Logging, we're tree planting and doing power line work, so lots of traffic around.

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#115 Post by Rowdy » Thu Oct 11, 2007 1:44 am

My laptop decided to shit the bed on me on my drive home. SO's I'll have to wait for it to come back from the shop in a couple days so I can post some of the new pics from central manitoba and NWO (thanks scud for learnin me better in the geography)

Done for the season.. and home now for a funeral back on the coast :(

Pics to follow (of the flyin not the diein)
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#116 Post by bmc » Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:40 am

This thread delivers.

I spent three years living in YRB, YUX, YFB and YGW. I spent a further three years based in YYC, YMQ and YVR with job responsibilities up north.

That was long ago and I have been out of Canada for nine years, living now in Switzerland.

The geography of Europe, where I now live, is beautiful. But it really cannot hold a candle to what we have in Canada. I wish I appreciated it more when I was up there.

I want to thank everyone that submits on this thread. It takes me right back to the great back country of Canada. Thank you so much.

This thread really is my favorite thread on Avcanada. I often find myself tripping back here, especially on a Friday afternoon when all I really want to do is jump on a plane and escape somewhere.

...and here's another great shot from avweb:

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#117 Post by sky's the limit » Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:02 pm

Drill pad up in Yukon. About 6000ft, was supposed to be temporary, was built (I use the term loosely) for the Hughes 500 not the Long Ranger - never works out that way of course....


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#118 Post by Rowdy » Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:17 pm

Well.. turns out the main board in my laptop is fried.. thankfully I had a few pics still on the camera.. so here are some more for the viewers.. albeit not my best :wink: I'll have more when I recover everything off the hard drive..

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#119 Post by Over the Horn » Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:31 pm

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#120 Post by ScudRunner » Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:51 am

Dam Bro! i have been searching this province for over 9 months for a mountain still havent found one!! your making me home sick.
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#121 Post by canpilot » Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:43 am

over the horn,

NICE MAN! Which company was that and where..if you don't mind me asking??

Rowdy hi 5 to you as well! :wink:
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#122 Post by bezerker » Fri Oct 12, 2007 2:33 pm

Hot off the camera from this morning:

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It was a good flight!!!
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#123 Post by Rowdy » Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:04 pm

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There aren't any dang hills around. More to come as I keep dragging stuff off the harddrive. Been a busy day with the funeral and all.
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#124 Post by zero » Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:42 pm

Spectacular trip from Victoria to Whistler today at 6500', hard to beat a clear, calm October day over Garibaldi Lake and the Black Tusk...wishing I had the camera.
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#125 Post by sky's the limit » Fri Oct 12, 2007 10:17 pm

Bezerker,

Nice shots of the Tombstone valley - shot my second dall sheep the next valley south.... Used to do lots of caribou surveys amongst those thar hills.


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