Brad in the Blue Contraption

Access, the Body, and the Great Outdoors

Brad Zdanivsky is a climber living in Vancouver. In 1995, he was involved in a car accident which left him quadriplegic. In this interview, he shares his 10-year journey of regaining access to the great outdoors, and climbing the 1700-foot vertical wall of the Squamish Chief,
The trailer with its orginal owners. (Credit: MacLaren Family)

The story that changed my mind

Collecting is about connecting across time and space. We use our knowledge and our networks to seek out objects that embody important stories in the history of science and technology in Canada. But sometimes, when we don’t even know we should be looking for it, an object finds us and forces us to look beyond our established collecting priorities to discover a genuine treasure.
My friend, engineer Cloé Doucet, in Manitoba, on a spillway replacement job.

"The Lady Who Drives the Great Big Truck"!

Throughout my travels across Canada - purposed to interview veterans of the mining, metallurgy and petroleum sectors, one of the questions I asked was: How present (or absent) were women in the workplace?