Tuesday Talks: John Porter

‘It is better to live a single day as a tiger than a lifetime as a sheep’

This was one of many pearls of wisdom that John Porter dropped on the group of around 20 people that gathered at The Trail Shop to watch him speak about his mountaineering career on November 4, 2014.


MC Phill starting things off.


John regaling the crowd.


Told through the lens of his late friend and climbing partner Alex MacIntyre, Porter regaled the crowd with stories their many first ascents in the Greater Ranges, including some interesting logistical struggles, new gear prototypes and too many lost friends along the way. John’s story showed that a willingness to push past your comfort level and into the unknown trumps modern gear and good beta when it comes to putting up serious new routes in the mountains.

John was also nice enough to stick around and chat with everyone while he signed copies of his new book!


John Porter’s John Hancock

Happy Customers

A couple of happy customers.

Climb Nova Scotia would like to thank John Porter very much for visiting with us and congratulate him on winning the Grand Prize at this year’s Banff Mountain and Book Festival!

You can buy his new award winning book (the basis for his talk) called ‘One Day as a Tiger,’ at


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