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Letter from the Editor: Volume 4


By Meghan J. Ward

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” – Havelock Ellis

If you’ve ever been on touring skis or a splitboard, you’ll be familiar with the disheartening feeling of sliding back downslope after painstakingly stepping your way up a slippery, hard-packed trail. It takes practice to feel the centre of the ski and place your body weight over it so that you gain your momentum. But once that clicks, once you find that sweet spot, you’ll no longer slip backward with every stride forward. 

Making the most of the mountain life can be a lot like tackling those uptracks. The pursuit of living life to the fullest comes with a lot of juggling that compromises our equilibrium. Between work, play, relationships and the day-to-day grind, that sweet spot can become a moving target. It’s great to be stoked on life, but how can we avoid running out of fuel?

Volume 4 walks us through that quest for balance. Meet a man who ditched his day job to weave his work into a ski-bum lifestyle. See how a mountain guide can adjust to life as a mother and how children thrive through experiences that counteract the effects of screens and over-structured lives. Learn from a grizzly bear’s adaptation for the changing seasons, from the fine-tuned ecosystem of an endangered tree, and from the landscape of Lake O’Hara, where the human experience must be weighed carefully against nature’s survival.

What this cross-section of stories ultimately teaches us is that it’s up to us to find our own footing in this life. Find it again, each and every day. Because, as mountain dwellers know, no two days in the peaks are alike. 

-Meghan J. Ward, Editor-in-Chief

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Writer, adventurer, outdoorsy mama and summit cartwheeler, Meghan J. Ward is the editor and co-founder at Crowfoot Media and lives for backcountry getaways.

The views and opinions expressed in the articles on are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the editor, the editorial team or the publishers.

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