LETTER FROM THE EDITOR,
CANADIAN ROCKIES ANNUAL, VOL. 1
By Meghan J. Ward
“We were not pioneers ourselves, but we journeyed over old trails that were new to us, and with hearts open. Who shall distinguish?” – J. Monroe Thorington
At times I feel that I was born a hundred years too late and missed a “Golden Age” in the Canadian Rockies. It must have been an exciting era when first ascents were a dime a dozen and explorers, often led by First Nations guides, initially encountered the lakes and mountain passes we are well acquainted with today. My shelves are full of books that connect me to that thrilling past and my hiking boots worn and torn from retracing the steps of those who came before. When I step into a backcountry lodge, I envision the figures of our mountain lore sitting by the fire, exchanging their tales the same way we do today.
But the process of piecing together the inaugural volume of the Canadian Rockies Annual has revealed a pivotal insight. As Thorington so eloquently explains, the mountains are new to anyone who journeys through them. The pages of this magazine are brimming with stories of people – past and present – who found creative, courageous and cutting-edge ways of engaging with the mountain environment. They are but a sampling from our greater Rockies community, where remarkable people carve their own paths through these formidable peaks we call home.
It might be something in the alpine air, but for me there is an intangible element at play. This place beckons us to evolve. Like a rushing river, it washes you downstream and you can either enjoy the ride or hold onto the banks for dear life. For those who go with the current and keep their hearts open, the mountains become a place of inspiration, challenge and possibility.
As it turns out, every age is a golden age. Ours is in the making.
-Meghan J. Ward, Editor-in-Chief
Writer, adventurer, outdoorsy mama and summit cartwheeler, Meghan J. Ward is the editor and co-founder at Crowfoot Media and lives for backcountry getaways.