Hamilton Mack Laing and the Mount Logan Expedition – a Canadian Adventure Story

September 26th 2023


Theme: Hamilton Mack Laing and the Mount Logan Expedition – a Canadian Adventure Story
Keynote Speaker: Trevor Marc Hughes

About Trevor: Trevor Marc Hughes is currently the Interim Non-fiction Editor and Video Segment Producer for The British Columbia Review (www.thebcreview.ca). Also the author of ‘Nearly 40 on the 37’ and ‘Zero Avenue to Peace Park’, Trevor, later, developed the accounts of Hamilton Mack Laing’s motorcycle travels across the United States in ‘Riding the Continent’.

In his book ‘Capturing the Summit: Hamilton Mack Laing and the Mount Logan Expedition of 1925,’ Hughes explores Laing’s expedition during one of his greatest adventures. Visit Trevor at www.trevormarchughes.ca
Keynote Presentation: In 1925, Comox-based writer and naturalist, Hamilton Mack Laing, would join experienced and well-known mountaineers, such as Albert H. MacCarthy, W.W. Foster and Allen Carpe, on an adventure that would last months in Alaska and the Yukon Territory.
Thrust into, what has been regarded as, the Golden age of Mountaineering, Laing was assigned to be the naturalist and cinematographer for the Mount Logan Expedition of 1925. The film shot by Laing and Carpe would eventually be incorporated into The National Museum of Canada’s film “The Conquest of Mount Logan.”
But the main objective was the conquest of the tallest mountain in Canada, with Laing collecting specimens back at Hubrick’s Camp, and the mountaineers on a campaign against one of the harshest environments on the planet. Along the way, the scientist and the mountaineers gradually become part of the environment they sought to understand and conquer, changing them all forever.
Come join us to hear about the expedition from the writer of “Capturing the Summit”, Trevor Marc Hughes.
You will also be treated to part of the silent film of the expedition; and it will transport you back in time!
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**Please note that the gathering will be held in-person at the Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden (37th Avenue at Oak Street) in Vancouver.
***The doors will open at 6:30pm for socializing and the program will begin at 7pm.

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