Thunderbird Stone-Rudy ReimerFirst Recorded Ascent of Mount Seymour-Charles ChapmanEarly Vancouver’s Mountaineering Leader-Tom FylesSolving the Puzzle of Mystery Mountain-Don and Phyllis MundayI’d Love to Live Those Years All Over Again-Howard RodeNow That’s Ingenuity-Fred WilliamsThe Climber’s Guide to the Coastal Ranges-Dick CulbertAdventure Implies an Element of Risk-Glenn WoodsworthThe Avalanche and the Porridge Pot-Alice PurdeyFor the Want of a Down Jacket-Martin and Esther Kafer
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Photo of Fred Williams. Courtesy Eric Jamieson.



Fred Williams

It’s the dirty thirties, and you’ve got no money. What do you do for fun? Fred Williams’ solution was to make his own – literally. Skis? Cut down a tree, shape the boards with your own hands. Poles? Bamboo didn’t cost much, and for the baskets – found cane that had dropped from a sweeper’s brushes was perfect. When a packboard was needed, well, he recycled those same skis to fashion the frame.

A film about Fred Williams’ resourcefulness in the mountains. Video 18 MB / 4:51 min