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Top 10 of 2016: Our Most-Read Articles of the Year

THE TOP 10 OF 2016:
OUR MOST-READ ARTICLES OF THE YEAR

Compiled by Billie Norman

At Crowfoot Media we’re all about getting mountain culture elevated and sharing that passion with other mountain lovers. From wilderness stories to people profiles, the latest in science and stunning photography, we pump out fresh, web-exclusive content on a monthly basis that you won’t find anywhere else. Thanks to a wide range of talented and inspiring contributors, here are the articles that elevated people the most this year.

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The Alpine Club of Canada's A.O. Wheeler Hut. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

The Alpine Club of Canada’s A.O. Wheeler Hut. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

1/ Hut Etiquette: 10 Things That’ll Get You the Stink Eye

Words by Meghan J. Ward, Photos by Paul Zizka

Wet socks? The worst. Delicious food tasting like soap? Ergh. Enough plastic bottles left behind to build a fort? Don’t even. Among mountain enthusiasts, there are a couple of unspoken rules when living the ‘hut life’. With ten years of backcountry adventuring under her belt, here is Meghan J. Ward’s list of what not to do next time you find yourself in a backcountry hut. [Read on…]

Jayson Photography, via Shutterstock.

Jayson Photography, via Shutterstock.

2/ What To Do When You Encounter a Bear

Words by Sarah Elmeligi, Photos by Jayson Photography and Menno Schaefer

As bears are becoming increasingly less scared of and increasingly more in contact with humans, it is important for people to be bear aware. Don’t know how? Luckily bear biologist Sarah Elmeligi has compiled six simple steps to make sure that you stay safe when in bear country. [Read on…]

Photo courtesy Charlie Russell.

Photo courtesy Charlie Russell.

3/ Three Things I’ve Learned: Charlie Russell

Words by Sky England, Photos courtesy Charlie Russell

When you’ve lived with bears in Russia, wrote a best-selling book about it and helped to preserve land in the Rocky Mountains of Waterton Lakes National Park, you know you’ve been a part of something special in this world. In this interview, Sky England delves into the life of Charlie Russell and three lessons he has learned along the way. [Read on…]

Hiking the summit ridge of Mt. Temple, one of the Rockies' most popular scrambles due to its accessibility and height. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

Hiking the summit ridge of Mt. Temple, one of the Rockies’ most popular scrambles due to its accessibility and height. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

4/ Scrambling Safely: Q+A with a Public Safety Specialist

Words by Meghan J. Ward, Photos by Paul Zizka

Scrambling – the activity that is not quite climbing and not quite hiking, where harnesses, ropes and protection are not typically used, but the venture entails some of the highest risk. So, how can you stay safe when scrambling? Meghan J. Ward gets the lowdown from Public Safety Specialist, Paddy Jerome. [Read on…]

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5/ Op-Ed: Why Dogs Belong on a Leash Outdoors

Words by Sarah Elmeligi

To keep a dog on or off-leash? That is the question every dog owner asks when taking their dog for a walk. Aren’t dogs happier when off-leash? But what about when your dog chases a bear back to you? Backed by some interesting scientific research, Canmore-based biologist, Sarah Elmeligi, contends that dogs belong on a leash when outdoors. [Read on…]

Macro photography by Martin van den Akker of Inspirit Photography.

Macro photography by Martin van den Akker of Inspirit Photography.

6/ 12 Astonishing Macro Photos

Interview by Meghan J. Ward, Photos by Martin van den Akker

Macro photography can open up a whole new detailed world that the naked eye cannot. Martin van den Akker takes macro photography a step further by capturing shots through the natural lens of a water droplet. In this article, Meghan J. Ward uncovers the processes Martin takes to get these unique shots. [Read on…]

Photo by Abby Cooper

Photo by Abby Cooper

7/ Packing with the Pros: Day Hiking (Eric Dumerac) 

Words and Photos by Abby Cooper

Nalgene bottle? Check. Cliff Bar? Check. Rain jacket? Check. That’s all I need, right? Wrong. For some reason, day hikes are the hikes that people are least prepared for. Outdoor enthusiast, Abby Cooper gets a day pack list from IFMGA/ACMG Mountain Guide, Eric Dumerac, so that you can be prepared in case the unexpected happens. [Read on…]

Photo by Abbydell Photography.

Photo by Abbydell Photography.

8/ 17 Clever Hacks and Tips to Streamline Your Climbing

Words and Photos by Abby Cooper

There are number of tips and tricks to get the most out of climbing. Mark your gear, pack your puffy, and always double check to name a few. From gear insight to on the route to technique, outdoor enthusiast Abby Cooper assembles some of the best climbing hacks out there from respected climbers in the Canadian Rockies. [Read on…]

Peak #8: Mount Deltaform - 3,424 m / 11,234 ft. Photo by Paul Zizka

Peak #8: Mount Deltaform – 3,424 m / 11,234 ft. Photo by Paul Zizka

9/ 10 Peaks, 7 Years, Countless Steps: Q+A with Paul Zizka

Words by Kyla Jacobs, Photos by Paul Zizka

Everybody and anybody who has visited Canada makes a stop at Moraine Lake. There’s something magical about that glacial-fed turquoise water and the Ten Peaks surrounding it. Few people summit those Ten Peaks and capture it with a camera. In this article, Kyla Jacobs interviews Crowfoot Media’s Photo Editor, Paul Zizka, about a climbing side project that took seven years to complete. [Read on…]

A welcome sight after the 11-kilometre ski in. Photo by Abbydell Photography.

A welcome sight after the 11-kilometre ski in. Photo by Abbydell Photography.

10/ 3 Ways to “Do” Winter at Skoki Lodge

Photos by Crowfoot Media, Photos by Abby Cooper

Perhaps one of the most well-known mountain lodges in Banff National Park is Skoki Lodge. Tucked away in the high alpine, 11km from Lake Louise Ski Resort, Skoki is the place to go if you want to escape it all. Think: no wi-fi, no electricity and no running water. Whether you’re an explorer, an insider type or a snow enthusiast, the Crowfoot Media team and Abby Cooper show you how to “do” winter at Skoki Lodge. [Read on…]

Looking for more great mountain culture stories? Peruse our archives and/or subscribe to our print magazine, the Canadian Rockies Annual!

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