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Portfolio: Steve Ogle

Steve Ogle Photography 2015 Gallery Issue Mountain magazine

First Person Shooter: Steve Ogle

You’d expect the overlap between ornithologists and powder skiers to span little common ground, but that’s where Steve Ogle lives. A biologist by training, summer finds Ogle in the Coast Mountains, where he nets and bands migratory birds for research. He also leads birding trips to Central and South America—he snapped a puma from six feet away in Chile last fall. At home in Nelson, BC, the photographer finds soft turns, singletrack, and alpine vistas for his outdoor portfolio. It’s an extensive résumé, but Ogle’s not working too hard. “I’m quite happy with a moderate level of success,” he says. “I just want to be out there, away from the business of daily life.” —Rose Conry


Location Scouting: Jumbo Pass, BC

In April 2014, skier Chad Sayers and Ogle journeyed to Jumbo Pass, BC, the site of a controversial proposed megaresort that dates to 1991.

The plan? Install more than 20 lifts and bed space for 6,000 guests in the remote, glaciated alpine wilderness of the Purcell Mountains. A coalition of environmental groups, concerned citizens, and the Sinixt and Ktunaxa Nations opposes the development. Count Ogle among them. “We went there because we love the way it is now,” he says. The West Kootenay EcoSociety is challenging the development in court. “We have so few remaining pristine places,” says project manager Tim James. “We need to keep Jumbo that way.”


Framed: Chad Sayers

A Whistler, BC native 16 years deep into a pro ski career, Chad Sayers’ current base is Chamonix, France. His winter plans? Chase powder in the Alps, climb and ski Scotland and the Republic of Georgia, and then follow winter to the South American Andes. It’s that type of wandering that made Sayers the subject matter in photographer Jordan Manley’s web series A Skier’s Journey. Since meeting in Chile 15 years ago, Sayers and Ogle have teamed up for mountain forays of their own, including first descents in Patagonia. “Neither of us can say no to the other,” says Ogle. Last fall, they tried to approach a trio of volcanoes by kayak, with plans to climb and ski. But after eight days navigating flooded rivers and dense bamboo forests yielded a gain of just 100 vertical feet, they turned back. “It would have taken months to machete the way in,” says Sayers. “But that’s Patagonia. I’m grateful for any opportunity to be out in the sun.”


Chad Sayers | Patagonia, Chile

From the 2015 Gallery issue.

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