Shining Mountains Episode 2 of 4 - Land Of Riches

Shining Mountains a 4 part documentary series
Majestic and inspiring, the Rocky Mountains rise dramatically to divide the continent and define the past, present and future of North America. The Shining Mountains is a documentary series of four one-hour films, shot over four seasons, being produced for History Television and National Geographic. The series journeys through time, in a quest to understand and celebrate the unique ecological mosaic of the Rockies, giving the audience a sense of wonder and stewardship in its future. The approach is not linear. Weaving back and forth, from present to the past, Shining Mountains explores the natural wonders, cultural heritage and future of the Rockies in a well-paced and sometimes controversial composite of visions. Today's foremost thinkers and elders speak to their care and concerns for this extraordinary environment. Shining Mountains draws on narrative from eminent scientists, adventurers, aboriginal elders, resource managers, conservationists and developers, all of whom are under the spell of the Great Divide.

Episode 2 - Land Of Riches
How did the world discover the Rockies? To find out, Guy Clarkson follows in the footsteps of the earliest European visitors. They arrived by canoe and by horse and dog team to expand their fur trading empires as far as the Pacific Ocean. The Rockies were at first nothing more than a barrier to be conquered. Game trails that had become footpaths became roads and a railway that not only consolidated business but unified a country. On those first CPR trains came esaterners armed with easels and cameras and climbing gear. Wilderness became like a religion for the affluent, and their evangelizing informed the world of an all-too-accessible Shangri-La. Clarkson joins modern-day adventurers and historians to relive how the earliest visitors reveled in a Land of Riches. It's a journey by dog team, locomotive, canoe and climbing party to the roof of the Canadian Rockies. From there, Clarkson can almost see forever, and that's the problem. The future is cause for concern.
Duration: 47:15