The stage was set when Patagonia joined the Jumbo Wild campaign: we were up against Glacier Resorts Ltd., and were looking for more partners to stand with us.
“There was no shortage of passion. But there was an increasing sense of frustration – we’d been fighting for so long, and yet the resort kept moving forward," recalls Robyn Duncan, executive director of Wildsight.
The first time Meredith Hamstead saw Jumbo was during a heliski trip, alongside the very man hell-bent on building a ski resort on its sacred slopes.
“It was bluebird skies and deep powder skiing. Perfection,” Meredith recalls. “I was in the middle of our group’s lunch break having this thought: ‘This place is perfect whether or not we are here to experience it – it is not here for me, but for itself’…"
If you have been involved on the ground with the Jumbo Wild campaign, you likely know Jim Galloway. His name is synonymous with Jumbo Wild. He has been an active member since its early days. We caught up with Jim recently to hear his reflections on the 30-year battle to keep Jumbo wild.
After nearly 30 years of fighting for grizzly bears, of fighting for Ktunaxa rights, and of fighting for wild places, Jumbo Glacier Resort is finally dead. Today is the day we can finally say: Jumbo will stay wild.
Now and forever, Qat’muk will be safe in a special Indigenous protected area, declared today by the Ktunaxa Nation with the support of our federal and provincial governments.
From the earliest marches through the streets of Invermere and protest camps in the Purcell Mountains, to the thousands who signed petitions and proudly placed Jumbo Wild Forever ...
Douglas Noblet is the photographer behind Wild Air Photography. His images combine three of his major passions: mountains, flying and photography. Often flying solo, Douglas captures his images while piloting his Cessna 172. He lives in Nelson, BC in a tiny house and spends much of his time in the wild Purcells ski touring, mountaineering, rafting and climbing. Douglas’ images have been used for many years to help support the #JumboWild campaign. I recently sat down to chat with Douglas about what motivates him.
Robyn Duncan: You grew up in Nelson. When did you ...
You can't get too far in the fight to keep Jumbo Wild before you cross paths with KL Kivi. A fiery, passionate advocate with a heart of gold, KL has a gift with words and a knack for cutting through to the heart of any matter. Based in Nelson and a long-time member of the West Kootenay Coalition for Jumbo Wild, KL's contribution to Jumbo Wild over the decades has been immense. She was one of the pillars of the Farnham and Jumbo Monitoring Camps—when her shift was done, she packed up her bag and hiked back home over Jumbo Pass, dropping into Glacier Creek and Argenta. She ...
Head on over to Kootenay Mountain Culture to read part two of our interview with Ktunaxa storyteller Joe Pierre and then part three here.
Read our latest on Patagonia's Cleanest Line blog: Sacred Spaces and Wild Places
Photo by Douglas Noblet
“It’s been a long time coming, but I know a change is going to come.” ~Sam Cooke
Fresh snow has completely covered Glacier Resort’s makeshift foundations in the Jumbo Valley.
The working of the seasons, with no regard to the goings on of humans, always remind me that change is not only beautiful and powerful, but inevitable.
With the Jumbo Wild film and Patagonia’s support last year, we were able to bring our message to the world. And you raised your voices in chorus with people from all around it: you want a wild Jumbo Valley.
Glacier Resorts’ ...
Limited edition Keep Jumbo Wild t-shirts and sweatshirts are now available for purchase online! All proceeds go to Wildsight's efforts to #KeepJumboWild. And...if you order by December 11th, you can get them in time for Christmas. Supporting conservation of wild places and looking awesome? Yes, please.
A big thank you to Nate at Kootenay Life for the generous donation of the t-shirts and Mungo Montesogno for the sweatshirts. Together, we will keep Jumbo Wild!
Get your T-Shirts and sweatshirts here.