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Our Top 10 Most-Read Mountain Stories in 2018

OUR TOP 10 MOST-READ
MOUNTAIN STORIES IN 2018

Compiled by Billie Norman

As another year comes to an end, it’s time to look back at our most popular mountain stories in 2018. But let’s not forget about everything else that happened in 2018: the Canadian Rockies Annual Volume 3 hit the shelves; Rockies Shred Fest yet again stoked the Bow Valley for winter; and Life @ Altitude 3.0 celebrated one of our most cherished days of the year, International Mountain Day. As always, thanks again for your continued support for the mountain culture content we create and share. We couldn’t do it without you guys – our readers and favourite mountain enthusiasts!


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Larches at Lake O’Hara. Photo by Tyler Parker Photography

1/ 8 Larch Hikes in the Canadian Rockies

Words by Meghan J. Ward, Photos by Paul Zizka & Tyler Parker

Every fall, just before the snow sets in for a long winter, a golden glow lights up the forests of the Canadian Rockies. And we call this short-but-sweet season “larch season.” But what exactly happens? Just before these coniferous trees start to shed for the winter, their needles transform from a magnificent green to a blissful golden colour. One of the best ways to explore this natural phenomenon is to get amongst it, and this select list of larch hikes will ensure that you do that. [Read on…]

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2/ Free Camping Resources for Alberta and British Columbia

Compiled by Tera Swanson

Whether you’re strapped for cash or looking to save a bit of money, your next outdoor adventure doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled an article that provides you with a number of free camping resources – both, in print and from the web – with over 1,300 free recreation sites in Alberta and British Columbia to choose from. Happy camping! [Read on…]

Photo courtesy Charlie Russell.

Photo courtesy of Charlie Russell.

3/ Three Things I’ve Learned, with Charlie Russell

Words by Sky England, Photos by Charlie Russell

Alberta naturalist often known as “bear’s best friend”, Charlie Russell, dedicated his life to co-existing peacefully with bears, not just for himself, but as a means to educate the world. In May of this year, sadly, Charlie passed away at the age of 76. This article provides a beautiful insight into the mind of this incredible bear-loving man, Charlie, as he offers three lessons learned over his lifetime. [Read on…]

Castle Mountain Hike, Fernie

Hiking Castle Mountain. Photo by Dan Kilgallon

4/ 6 Day Hikes in Fernie, BC

Words by Mike Cotton, Photos by Dan Kilgallon

Off the beaten tourist trails of Banff and Jasper lies a small mountain town in the Elk Valley of the Canadian Rockies called Fernie. From alpine meadows to majestic mountains, this often-overlooked mountain town offers unforgettable hikes that should be on every hiker’s bucket list. And this select list of 6 day hikes is the perfect way to start exploring. [Read on…]

Cirque Peak. Photo by Sarah Smith.

Cirque Peak. Photo by Sarah Smith.

5/ From Trail to Peak: 8 Epic Hikes in Banff

Words by Juliette Recompsat

With more than 1600 kilometres to choose from, Banff National Park is a hiker’s paradise. And it’s no surprise that the popular hiking trails in the area lead you to spectacular viewpoints. But how about going that extra mile (or couple) and taking your hiking from trail to peak? The higher you go, the more you see. And there is a lot to see in Banff. [Read on…]

Canoeing on Bow Lake. Photo courtesy Noel Hendrickson/Banff & Lake Louise Tourism.

Canoeing on Bow Lake. Photo courtesy Noel Hendrickson/Banff & Lake Louise Tourism.

6/ Best Spots for Paddling in Banff National Park

Words by Meghan J. Ward

It’s great to see Banff National Park by foot, but it’s even better to explore the scenery from the water. Whether you’re into canoeing, kayaking, or paddleboarding – to name just a few, there are a number of spots to float your days away. Close to town, venturing a bit further and along the Bow River, here are our favourite places in Banff to get the paddle wet. [Read on…]

Shadow Lake Lodge. Photo by Tyler Parker Photography.

Shadow Lake Lodge. Photo by Tyler Parker Photography.

7/ Mountain Lodge Spotlight: Shadow Lake Lodge

Words by Meghan J. Ward, Photos by Tyler Parker Photography

Shadow Lake Lodge was the most popular in our Mountain Lodge Spotlight series this year. Originally built in the 1930s by the Canadian Pacific Railway and family-run for nearly 70 years, this lodge is steeped in history. Paired with its unique location that provides excellent fishing and breathtaking hiking, it is a no-brainer that this lodge is the perfect place to disconnect, unwind and relax. [Read on…]

From left, ACMG mountain guides Phil Hein, Rudi Kranabitter, Ferdl Taxbock and Bernie Schiesser debrief after completing the Cariboo ski traverse on the spring ski guide exam, circa 1980. Photo courtesy Rudi Kranabitter.

From left, ACMG mountain guides Phil Hein, Rudi Kranabitter, Ferdl Taxbock and Bernie Schiesser debrief after completing the Cariboo ski traverse on the spring ski guide exam, circa 1980. Photo courtesy Rudi Kranabitter.

8/ Bernie Schiesser: Master of the Hills

Words by Lynn Martel

From farm to city to mountains, life taught Bernie Schiesser simplicity, old-fashioned hard work, and toughness. And what Bernie learnt, he gave back into every aspect of mountain culture in the Canadian Rockies. Whether it was ski patrolling at Lake Louise, as a rescue warden at Lake O’Hara, leading 13 years of mountain summer camps for teens, opening Campbell Icefield Chalet in 2003 – and everything in between. Bernie is the perfect example of a life well lived in the mountains. While reading this article, it won’t take you long to understand why Bernie is known as a “master of the hills”. [Read on…]

Carlson at work in Unlimited. Photo by Tyler Parker Photography.

Carlson at work in Unlimited. Photo by Tyler Parker Photography.

9/ UNLTD: 5 Life Lessons from a Small Town Store

Words by Meghan J. Ward, Photos by Tyler Parker Photography

Optimism, opportunism and a “no boundaries” attitude is the philosophy behind one of the Bow Valley’s favourite independent retailers, Unlimited Skate + Snow. We caught up with the man behind it all, Dave Carlson, for a chat about his unique approach to business – and life – that enables Unlimited to thrive in a bustling tourist town like Banff. Here’s what you can learn from this small town store. [Read on…]

Park Campfire cooking. Photo by Anna Robi.

Photo by Anna Robi.

10/ 5 Old-School Camping Recipes (with an upgrade)

Words by Abby Cooper

Classic camping recipes are not going anywhere, and we all know that, but it’s always fun to spruce things up with a new-school twist, and this is exactly what Abby Cooper does. From good ol’ hearty chilli to the deliciously gooey banana boat, here are a couple of old-school recipes with an upgrade you won’t be able to resist. [Read on…]

Enjoyed this list? Check out our:

Top 10 of 2017

Top 10 of 2016

Top 10 of 2015


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