Mountain Life Introduces Official MULTIPLICITY Line-Up

Photo by Ryan Hill.
Anthropologist Wade Davis. Photo by Ryan Hill.

Mountain Life Media and Helly Hansen are proud to present the 2nd annual Mountain MULTIPLICITY: A Meeting of Mountain Minds. It happens on Sunday, April 13th 7:00 PM at The Whistler Conference Centre and is part of World Ski & Snowboard Festival.

Eclectic and passionate, MULTIPLICITY takes its inspiration from the mountains that surround us — with an added dose of adrenaline and an extra scoop of comedy. Featuring eight* unique presentations by a some of the greatest storytellers and adventurers in the mountain kingdom, MULTIPLICITY is a multimedia extravaganza designed to resonate as much as it entertains. A special flagship fundraiser for the Spearhead Huts Project, the event premiered in 2013 and was immediately pegged “the most underrated event at WSSF.”


“This is a major event for Mountain Life and the Spearhead Huts Committee,” says ML Publisher Todd Lawson. “The WSSF is such a huge part of Whistler’s culture — we’re proud to be part of it and raise money for a project that is sure to be a catalyst for many good times to come in the Spearhead. We’ve got a truly unique group of speakers this year and a world-class venue. I think the audience is in store for a pretty special night.

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“We have a World Record-holder and Academy Award winner, a local legend, one of Canada’s best climbers, a personal look into the lives of Typhoon Yolanda survivors, and without question one of the world’s most engaging speakers, the incomparable Wade Davis, all under one roof. There’s no prize money, no competition, just pure, real entertainment straight from the hearts and minds of each presenter. To top it all off, we’re hosting an afterparty at the GLC with a few adult beverages thrown in for good measure.”

Hosted by Mountain Life Editor Feet Banks, MULTIPLICITY is a must-see celebration of true mountain and adventure culture. We’ve even got gorillas.

2014 MULTIPLICITY presenters (in order of appearance) –

JF Plouffe — Fjords and Boards
“Play often, share the passion.” These are the words that drive JF, and in a place full of driven souls, you won’t find anyone more passionate than JF Plouffe. JF brings a wealth of experience and certifications to coaching triathlons, climbing, mountain biking, whitewater canoeing & kayaking, snowboarding, diving, advanced wilderness first aid and leading multi-day expeditions on an international scale.

jf plouffe and chris christie on Garibaldi

“As a young man adventuring, traveling, risk-taking and exploring in all seasons was a way of living for me. And as a dad and husband, creating a balance between adventures and family becomes a major pursuit in and of itself.” JF is a Helly Hansen Global ambassador, personal training guru, über-motivator and life-lover. He’ll be presenting fresh material from a recent ‘Fjords and Boards’ ski and sail epic in BC’s spectacular Jervis Inlet.

Mandy-Rae Cruickshank — Into the Deep
Mandy-Rae Cruickshank (Krack) — Into the Deep

Since learning to freedive in 2000, Mandy-Rae has attained an impressive 13 Canadian National records, finished first place twice with her Canadian women’s team in AIDA World Championships and has gone on to hold seven Freediving World Records.


“Even at 88 meters below the surface, deeper than anyone has ever been on a single breath, never have I felt that the lack of breathing was scary,” she says. “It allows me to become more like a dolphin or a whale to explore the underwater world in a way very few people ever will. For a freediver the lack of air means freedom.” As part of the Academy Award–winning documentary The Cove, “one of the most audacious and perilous operations in the history of the conservation movement,” Cruickshank and her husband Kirk Krack helped to expose the world to the horrors of the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan.

Andy Dittrich — Biggest & Baddest
Whistler photographer Andy Dittrich presents a narrative wildlife slideshow from his work as Key Grip and Stills Photographer documenting some of the world’s wildest creatures for the Discovery Channel series Biggest & Baddest.

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Featuring exotic locations from Africa, South America, USA, Australia, and Asia, Dittrich’s intriguing presentation brings us into the exotic worlds of massive anacondas, elephants, giant hogs, ferocious crocs, silverback gorillas and much, much more.

Will Stanhope — Rocking On
Young Squamish talent Will Stanhope is fast-becoming one of the world’s top trad climbers — and for good reason. “It’s just the stuff he likes to do—some people like hard bouldering, he likes scary trad routes,” says Alex Honnold.

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Will’s most recent exploit showcases a rugged trip into a remote region of Argentinian Patagonia to attempt a mythical big wall named Mariposa. His tale involves river-rafting, Argentine gauchos, spooky seracs, sketchy tyrolian traverses and days of bushwhacking burdened with heavy packs to reach the untouched Patagonian granite.

Ace Mackay-Smith — From Russia, with Love (and vodka of course)
Here is Ace’s recipe for adventure in a foreign land: take one of the best extreme skiers of our time (Scot Schmidt), one legendary snowboarder (Craig Kelly), an outhouse, two translators, three avalanches, four women, several fire-breathing Japanese, many gold-toothed Russians, 16mm cinematographers, 96% alcohol and an old guitar.


Throw everything into a 28-passenger military chopper and out comes a fascinating and funny reportage from the remote mountains of Siberia. Despite the vodka, she remembers most of the story and is here to tell us the best and scariest parts.

Todd Lawson — When a Typhoon Rips Through Your Village
Just two weeks after Typhoon Yolanda touched down, travel photographer and Mountain Life publisher Todd Lawson was on a plane to the Philippines with his family. Serendipity led them to a group of volunteers working on a relief project on a tiny island that fell victim to the biggest storm the world has ever seen.

Photo by Todd Lawson.
Photo by Todd Lawson.

The kind-hearted people of Isla Sombrero lost 90% of their homes and fishing boats to the disaster, but their Filipino resiliency rises above the wreckage in this up-close-and-personal short film and slideshow. Lawson and the FIX PHIL volunteers show us what happens when a typhoon rips through your village, and the incredible effort it takes to rebuild.

Wade Davis — Mountain Culture NOT As We Know It
“To have that powder blown up your nose is rather like being shot out of a rifle barrel lined with Baroque paintings and landing on a sea of electricity.” Perhaps the most articulate and influential western advocate for the world’s indigenous cultures, Wade Davis is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and soon-to-be UBC Anthropology professor. David Suzuki has described him as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” Trained in anthropology and botany at Harvard, he travels the globe to live alongside indigenous people, and document their cultural practices in books, photographs, and film.

Photo by Ryan Hill.
Photo by Ryan Hill.

“His work with indigenous cultures has given him a truly unique view of the world. He is able to slip off the map for a while, to live with the voodoo priests in Haiti, the Penan in Borneo, or the Quechuen of Chinchero,” says CBC-TV.

Davis is the author of 15 books including The Serpent and the Rainbow, One River, and The Wayfinders. His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series produced for the National Geographic. In 2009 he received the Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his contributions to anthropology and conservation, and he is the 2011 recipient of the Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers’ Club, and the 2012 recipient of the Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration. His latest books are Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest and The Sacred Headwaters: the Fight to Save the Stikine, Skeena and the Nass.


Organizers of the World Ski & Snowboard Festival have generously donated the use of the incredible multi-media setup used for the Pro Photographer Showdown for this event. There will be an impressive silent auction and a service bar so the evening promises to be one full of energy and mountain enthusiasm. Expected seating for the show is 1,000.

*Note: 8th speaker TBA soon.