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May 27, 2020 - 2:40 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

50114 posts since 10/5/2013

Went for a walk up Nose Hill today, about an 800 feet climb up to the top.

“In December 1779 a well-known Hudson's Bay Company trader, Peter Fidler, recorded an excursion to the hill he went on with Peigan guides. HBC trader David Thompson wintered at a Peigan encampment on the Bow River in 1787–1788, and in 1800 returned to the area as a North West Company employee. In his journal for the year, Thompson made specific note of Nose Hill. The details of Fidler's journal entry illustrate well how dramatically the region's warm Chinook winds can affect the cold temperatures that characterize winters in southern Alberta. The temperature on the December day of Fidler's visit to Nose Hill was a balmy 14 degrees Celsius (58 degrees Fahrenheit).“






Edited by - chuckv97 on 05/27/2020 14:42:53

May 27, 2020 - 8:21:52 PM
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Paul R

Canada

12870 posts since 1/28/2010

You made me think of this:

"And through the night, behind the wheel, the mileage clicking west
I think upon Mackenzie, David Thompson and the rest
Who cracked the mountain ramparts and did show a path for me
To race the roaring Fraser to the sea."

Stan Rogers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIjFpwsXhuI

May 27, 2020 - 8:30:03 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

50114 posts since 10/5/2013

Love that song by Stan. Larry Perkins, banjoist supremo, wrote a banjo tune based on Rogers’ song,,,here it is by Rob McCoury.
youtu.be/PFoORZhMUrM


 

May 27, 2020 - 8:36:18 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

50114 posts since 10/5/2013

Here’s an interesting animated map of the history of northwest passage exploration
youtu.be/PqxT2aQg0og


 

May 28, 2020 - 6:51:32 AM
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bubbalouie

Canada

13899 posts since 9/27/2007

It's funny how many took the same dead end routes! 

May 28, 2020 - 7:04:50 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

50114 posts since 10/5/2013

Ironic you mention “dead” , Bob - Hudson and Franklin found that out.

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