John Hartman (1950 – , Canadian)

Neil Liske, Bowness

Neil Liske, Bowness

Gift of John Hartman, Tiny, 2017

From a series painted to commemorate Canadian alpinists. Neil Liske was one of the team of four to successfully traverse from Jasper to Lake Louise via the Great Divide for the first time in 1967. Liske was the only outlier of the group, having only met Don Gardner the year before. However, he was a strong skier and very fit, despite being almost 10 years older than the others. While underway on skis, he and Gardner often left Chic Scott and Charlie Locke behind. Liske went on to complete a traverse of the Livingstone Range in Southern Alberta, a 45 kilometer trip, with Gardner in 1992.