Richard Delbert Mott

 Posted by on May 25, 2013  Memorials  2 Responses »
May 252013

Richard Delbert Mott 1954 – 2003

My friend Rick Mott has passed away. I have decided to pay tribute to Rick by constructing this page. It’s not finished yet but will get more attention in the future with additional pictures and a story or two about Rick and the good times I had camping and fishing with him.

Below is the text from the memorial card I received at his Memorial Service.

Richard Delbert Mott 1954 – 2003

Richard Delbert Mott of Calgary, passed away at his residence on Tuesday March 18, 2003, at the age of 48 years.

Richard is survived by his daughter Joanne and grandson Nathan. Richard is also survived by his brothers, Gary, Steve, and John and their families. Richard was predeceased by his parents Penny and Del, his brother Douglas, and granddaughter Nikhayla.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Foundation For The Study of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (S.I.D.S.), Box 5881, Station “A”, Calgary, Alberta T2H 1Y4.

Rick and I have been camping and backpacking on many occasions to places like the Tay River, The Livingstone River, Daisy Creek, Fallen Timber Creek, Mountain Air Lodge, and Isabella Lake.

Here are some photos of the Tay River.

The Tay River looking
towards the beaver pond

The Tay River from near the beaver pond

Here are some of Rick’s friends.

Jim King at McLean Creek. Rick and Jim grew up on the same street. The three of us went camping at Mountain Air LodgeThis is Barnsey at Isabella Lake. My brother Craig was there too

My brother Craig at the Spray River. Rick took this photo.

Rick took this photo of me when we hiked into Isabella Lake in 1995

This part of my Memorial to Richard is a copy of Rick’s website.

It’s unaltered except for the graphics have been recompressed to save space on my web server. Very little degradation will be apparent in the quality of the graphics.

I’m glad I copied it from the Uleth web server years ago.

It was published for a short time on the University of Lethbridge web server in 1996 or thereabouts. Rick received a B.Ed and a B.Sc at that University but sadly never utilized the full extent of his education. I hope we all get to utilize the full extent of what we know, to realize our purpose, as a further tribute to Rick or anyone who never gets to achieve fully their life goals.

Visit Rick’s website
The Web
Getting Webbed Feet, Richard Mott

Although Rick never fulfilled his ambitions, in my estimation he was ultimately a success. He was well educated and sacrificed much to be so, but more importantly he was a father and took the best care he could for his daughter Joanne and wonderful grandson Nathan.

Soon I’ll publish the story of how Rick saved me from my broke down car at the side of the highway when I was on the way to the Crowsnest Pass on August 4th 2001. I ran into him and Joanne and Nathan in the Nanton Alberta IGA on my way back to Calgary by way of thumb.

Rick, Joanne, Nathan and I went back to the Livingstone River and camped together for two nights.

By the way, that trip saw me summit Turtle Mountain and Crowsnest Mountain, so you can thank Rick if you’ve enjoyed viewing those pages.

There may be a movie of Rick that I took of him fishing at Storm Lake in Kananaskis in 1995 but I have to talk to Joanne about that first. To view that movie will be a triumph for me. The revisiting of a special moment in my life.

Below are some pictures of Rick’s daughter Joanne as well as a poem written by Joanne about her father.

Joanne and
some Ducks

Joanne and a

Life passes by to quickly for some
And we are left with regrets
Of things left unsaid
And things left undone
But instead of dwelling
With those regrets
Lets instead live with the memory
Of the good things that were said
And the good times that were had
And go into tomorrow
Knowing we did what we

Joanne Mott

In living memory of Richard Moll, MclNNIS & HOLLOWAY has provided a tree to be dedicated at Fish Creek Provincial Park Sunday, September 14, 2003.

May 252013
Enjoy a Tasty Beverage

Enjoy a Tasty Beverage


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Mount Yamnuska

 Posted by on October 24, 2008  Kananaskis Provincial Park  7 Responses »
Oct 242008
Mount Yamnuska

Mount Yamnuska

Mount Yamnuska is also known as Mount John Laurie. No disrespect to Mr. Laurie, but the native name should remain.

This is a great scramble, close to Calgary, a spectacular setting and a bit of hands on scrambling to keep you on your toes.

Anthony Hopkins has appeared in a few movies in and around this area. Anthony is one of my favorite actors.

In Legends Of The Fall, Anthony plays the patriarch of a western family beset by good fortune and tragedy. The film was shot in the Morley area and views of the frontal range are numerous. I identified Mount Yamnuska and Big Sister as a few of the peaks visible.

Its a good movie but for me the best part is Anthony’s performance of the stroke hobbled father. His bearish mumblings and salty swath are de rigueur Hopkins.

The first time I tried this mountain, I went in reverse so that I could avoid the down climb. Such precautions are unnecessary, there is a ledge that is not really that hard so the down climb can be circumnavigated.

I never made it the first time, I was content to just gaze across the valley once I had done all of the hard work scrambling up the talus slope on a stunningly beautiful fall afternoon a few years ago.

The normal way up is a lot easier, just angle right below the summit cliffs, on well used trails. It’s steep going until you get around the corner, just below the cliffs.

Then the fun starts.

When you make it to the other side, some great views of CMC valley unfold. I think this is one mountain I’ll do many times, just to keep the bones from getting too soft.

Once on the summit crest the view across the vertical cliffs are breathtaking. Don’t be surprised to see climbers, this is one of the most climbed of all the mountains in Canada. Many of the parties ascending this fabulous mountain are guided parties.

On the way down is a talus slope that you can more or less run down. Be careful though as there is a section of basement rock hiding under what looks like loose talus about half way down. Once you hit this you’ll know it. All of a sudden you’re trying to control what seems like a dangerous speed over hard steep rubble strewn slopes. Yikes!!!! Holey trousers Bat Man!!

Mount Yamnuska Panorama

Mount Yamnuska Panorama

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

Ray Bradbury
1920-2013, American Science Fiction Writer

Send danger from the east unto the west, so honor cross it from the north to south.

William Shakespeare
1564-1616, British Poet, Playwrite

When things are steep, remember to stay level-headed.

BC 65-8, Italian Poet

Yamnuska Gallery