They’ve saddled up with Feuz and Kain, had it out with the Alpine Club ofCanada and delivered masses up the mountains. Edgewater, BC’s legendary Harrison Clan has always climbed to the beat of its own drum.
Sixty-two years ago, the Alpine Club of Canada and the Harrison family first came together, when Bill Harrison won a contract to outfit the 1946 General Mountaineering Camp in the Bugaboos. Harrisons have been outfitting the camps ever since. As chance would have it, this year’s GMC was also in the Bugaboo/Vowell area. Bill’s youngest son, Brad, was the outfitter. It seems particularly appropriate, then, that the Harrison family, with Brad as its representative, is the Patron of the 2008 Mountain Guides Ball.
Reading about this remarkable family, you will discover men and women of great physical and mental vitality. The amount of physical and mental effort required to organize hundreds of people in the backcountry—to wake them in the pre-dawn hours, to feed and encourage them, to teach and lead them, humour and entertain them—is simply staggering. The Harrisons have been doing just this for sixty years.