Name: Barry Blanchard
Professional title: Associate Director and Senior Mountain Guide at Yamnuska Mountain Adventures
1. Are you originally from the Bow Valley? If not, where are you from and why did you move here? I grew up in Cowtown (Calgary) and moved to Canmore in 1982 when the Yamnuska Mountain School relocated from the Rocky Mountain YMCA, at Seebe.
2. If you didn’t do what you do for your career, what would you do? Try to make it as a full time writer.
3. Last book you couldn’t put down? Second Suns, Two Trailblazing Doctors and Their Quest to Cure Blindness, One Pair of Eyes at Time by David Oliver Relin. Humbling to see the good that my madcap climbing buddy, Dr Geoff Tabin, is doing in the world.
4. What kind of music do you enjoy listening to right now? Classic Country and Western: Hank Williams (I and III, I’m not too big on Jr.), Wilf Carter, Stompin Tom Connors, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Lefty Frizzell, Eddie Arnold, Petunia and the Vipers, Orville Peck, Lucinda Williams, Huddie Ledbetter.
5. Best concert you’ve ever seen live? Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band doing two encores as the back up band to Bachman-Turner Overdrive at McMahon Stadium, August 30th, 1975.
6. What’s your favorite thing or activity to do in the Bow Valley? Rock climb.
7. Where is your favorite place to eat out in the Bow Valley, and what are you having? The Georgetown Inn, Miner’s Lamp Salad and poutine.
8. Which person, alive or dead, would you like to have dinner with? Sam Shepard.
9. What is your favorite travel destination, and where would you love to visit? The Karakorum, I consider it to be the greatest mountain range on earth. I’d love to do some climbing in the Fitzroy Group in Patagonia.
10. What are your words to live by? Some of my mother’s, “Always treat everyone as a human being.”