Adventures in the remote

The rig was at a place so remote, it was outside the range of cellphone service. The toolpush had to drive out of the bush and then sit in his truck while we talked. His nearest connection with the world was 30 km away from the site. He called at 8 p.m. Friday night. They … Read more

A different kind of cold

Driving north on Highway 63, on the stretch between Grasslands and Fort McMurray, the road gets unbelievably icy. When I make a trip and see only 4 flipped pickup trucks—I’m thinking, that’s very good. You can’t accelerate at 90, or your vehicle will go sideways. And if it flips, it slides, instead of doing a … Read more