HACC Media Clips
In the 1990s, the HACC members, Michael, Geoffrey and Sean Peake appeared on the PBS show Anyplace Wild for three episodes with host John Viehman. Along with John's brother Tommy, two shows were set in the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior and the third in the Rockies following Alexander Mackenzie's trail to the Pacific. They were a lot of fun to do and we were really happy how they did it. Following that, the producers put together what is called a reel to promote the idea of an HACC TV show of some type to people in the industry. For myriad reasons it never happened but we were honoured that they thought we were worth it. Working with those folks remains a great memory for us.
AnyPlace Wild. Canoeing the Borderline 1997.
This is the first show we did with the host John Viehman and his brother Tommy for AnyPlace Wild. We started in northern Minnesota and followed the voyageur route, which Michael and Geoffrey Peake had done years earlier, to Lake Superior via the Grand Portage. There was a TV crew of four along and we all got along very well. They had planned to film us starting Grand Portage and use a nearby road to take us to the end for the final shots. Geoff protested that we should do the real thing and so, we did, albeit with lighter loads but it made the ending real and appropriate. By the way, the XL Tripper canoe, that Geoff carried the entire nine miles, weighs 110 pounds.
Shortly after the HACC named a river for Eric Morse in 1985, CBC Radio's Morningside program interviewed Eric Morse and Michael Peake to talk about the trip and the story behind it. Peter Gzowski was the host. Eric Morse died in 1986.
The group photo on the left is from The Voyageurs' 1959 trip down the Camsell and Great Bear rivers. L-R: Omond Solandt, Sigurd Olson, Denis Coolican, Tyler Thompson, Eric Morse, Blair Fraser, Harry Fast (only trip with the group) and Elliot Rodger.This group paddled a number of historic routes in the 1950's notable the Churchill River which was immortalized in Sigurd Olson's classic book The Lonely Land.
Following an appearance on CBC's Morningside by Sean Peake on the explorer David Thompson, Geoffrey Peake wrote a letter evoking what it is like to travel the far north in the footsteps of history. The photo to the left shows the Back River leaving Garry Lake the morning after the events described in Geoff's letter from August 1985.
In September 1993, the four Peake brothers were interviewed by Peter Gzowski on CBC Morningside. Michael, Sean and Geoffrey were in Thunder Bay enroute to a canoe trip in Quetico Park and David Andrew was in Toronto with Gzowski.
Photo of the four Peakes (left) taken on Lynx Lake, NWT July 1995 l-r Andrew, Sean, Michael and Geoff.
As part of a CBC Morningside national morning radio show series on small publications, Che-Mun publisher Michael Peake appeared with Peter Gzowski to talk about his canoeing journal then in its infancy c. 1986.