The New York Times sent me to British Columbia, Canada to photograph the helicopter hiking that is happening there. As a wilderness purist who has spent substantial time in the mountains, with all my summits earned only through sweat, I wasn't sure what I'd think of catching a ride to pristine alpine environments in a helicopter - but the experience proved that these disappearing environments are as special however you arrive, and that perhaps a helicopter is the only way to deliver many people to visit them.
Dropped off by helicopter, hikers explore the Columbia Mountains.
RIGHT, FROM TOP
At the Bobbie Burns Lodge, a hot tub recovery session after a day of hiking; the lodge, which sleeps up to 44 guests; and putting the finishing touch on a civilized dinner.
FAR RIGHT Stopping for a view of International Basin.
BELOW Thierry Cardon, at left in helicopter, a longtime guide.
BELOW RIGHT, FROM TOP
At International Basin; hiking by the Conrad Ice Field.