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A Youth Wasted Climbing: Interview with David Chaundy-Smart

No stranger to the world of climbing literature, David Chaundy-Smart and his recently published memoir, A Youth Wasted Climbing (Rocky Mountain Books), have already won the accolades of some of the most influential voices in the industry. In this interview, Lynn Martel gets behind-the-scenes with the author and digs into his writing process, his thoughts on climbing today, and how his adolescence has shaped him. [...]

Photos from the Spindrift Sessions: Risk and Consequence

On June 2, 2015, our community gathered at The North Face Banff for our first-ever Spindrift Sessions to learn more about managing risk and consequence in the mountains. It was an insightful and inspiring evening thanks to our speakers and panelists, Brad White, Jerry Kobalenko, Margo Talbot and Dan Evans. Click on the first image to start a full-screen slideshow. [...]

The Baffin Miracle: Interview with Dan Evans and Michelle Brazier

In Banff to Baffin: Local Adventurers Ski the Polar Star Couloir, we featured the adventurous exploits of Banff-based skiers, Dan Evans and Michelle Brazier, and their 17-day expedition to Baffin Island this past spring. New to the expedition scene, the team overcame enough challenges in the first three days to call the trip "The Baffin Miracle". Ultimately, they came out of the experience having skied couloirs that were above and beyond their goals for the trip. [...]

Banff to Baffin: Local Adventurers Ski the Polar Star Couloir

Every adventure starts with the seed of an idea. Whether that seed sprouts into a full-fledged expedition depends on the willingness of a team to accept the unknowns and dream big. For 17 days this past spring, Banff locals, Dan Evans and Michelle Brazier, did just that - skiing into the white, wide-open wilderness of Sam Ford Fjord in northeast Baffin Island. Happy to go home having explored the region and ticking off a few couloirs, halfway through their trip Evans and Brazier set their sights on a prized couloir. [...]

In the News: 10 Fascinating Clips from Banff’s History

Start clicking around in the Encyclopedia of Banff History and you'll quickly get lost in a sea of fascinating clips and images that cover the intriguing history of Banff National Park. Mostly chronicled from the Crag and Canyon and any materials available in the public domain, the Encyclopedia provides a window into our heritage, reminds us of pivotal moments in the development of this region, and highlights fascinating snapshots of a bygone era. Here are ten such moments we've handpicked from the lot. [...]

The Encyclopedia of Banff History: Interview with Founder David Fleming

History is easily forgotten unless we can find creative ways of keeping it fresh, accessible and interesting for people. With the Encyclopedia of Banff History, old stories are brought to life in a modern-day format. Founder David Fleming has created a Facebook Group, where he is archiving digitized newspaper clippings and images from Banff's history into categorized albums. In this Q&A, Tera Swanson finds out what compelled him to start this project, and what he's learned through the process. [...]

20 Years of Classic Hikes: Graeme Pole

Few guidebooks truly stand the test of time. Even fewer call the industry to new models of guidebook publishing. Yet, Classic Hikes in the Canadian Rockies, by Graeme Pole, has done both of these things. Celebrating more than two decades in print, this guidebook does more than just point eager hikers in the right direction. In this review we tell you why we think it deserves a spot on your bookshelf. [...]

Through the Lens: Yoho Rollers

In sticky spring conditions our crew was on our way home from a three-day portering mission into the Stanley Mitchell Hut in the Yoho National Park. While travelling out on the Iceline we came across these unique rolls above the Little Yoho Valley. The night before this photo was taken, Ruari Macfarlane had been up all night violently ill with a tummy bug. He thought it was only appropriate to pull this 'stalefish' grab as he sent the last roll. [...]

What You Missed at the Golden Mountain Festival

Traditionally, the May long weekend is occupied with RV christening, unpredictable weather and the chance to finally shed those plaid-on-plaid layers you were styling all winter long. As a tribute to the adventures that surround it, Golden, BC, celebrated the kick-off to summer with something a little more unique. [...]

Bear Aware Everywhere

What are the chances that bears and people are on the same trail at the same time? And what are the conditions that lead to a higher chance of encounter? These are just some of the questions that Canmore-based researcher, Sarah Elmeligi, is studying as part of her PhD. In this article, she walks us through the preliminary results of her research, and tells us why people should be prepared for a bear encounter - especially when you're close to a road or town. [...]

Spindrift Sessions Bring Adventurers and Hot Topics to Banff

Join Crowfoot Media for Spindrift Sessions, a two-part speaker series hitting The North Face store in Banff this June. Each session (one for $25/two for $40) will feature a different topic and an incredible line-up of athletes, adventurers and industry experts to discuss it. [...]

Thinking Mountains Draws International Crowd to Jasper

Mountain regions, which comprise one-fifth of the world's surface, offer important areas of study for academics in a variety of disciplines, including natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities. From May 5 to 8, 2015, scholars and speakers from around the world descended on Jasper National Park for Thinking Mountains 2015. The goal? To better understand mountain people, places and activities. [...]

Mountain, River, Fairway: The Annual Spring Trifecta

Held in Banff each year on the Friday before Victoria Day, the Annual Spring Trifecta has participants skiing every lift at Sunshine Village, paddling the Bow River from 5-Mile Bridge to the Banff Canoe Docks, and playing nine holes at the Banff Springs Golf Club. In this Q and A, The Trifecta’s founders, Alan Hogg and Mark Zanetti, give us the inside scoop on this popular - and usually hilarious - event. [...]

Grounded, Humble, Badass Skiers: The Capel Family

Banff attracts flocks of tourists and the local ski scene is bright and robust. It is thanks, in part, to the families that form the backbone of the ski culture, who work at the resorts, and lend a hand to ski clubs and programs. Writer Kevin Hjertaas profiles one such family, whose modesty is as impressive as their accomplishments on the slopes. [...]

7 Women-Only Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

Women are going harder, faster and farther in adventure sports today, and they’re blazing wider trails in the Canadian Rockies. With the support of regional businesses, it’s part of a revolution sparked by some gutsy, ponytail-clad pioneers. Writer John Reid digs into why women are looking for gender-specific experiences and recommends seven women-only, Rockies-based programs. [...]

Kicking Horse Freeriding into the Big Leagues

This year’s Wrangle the Chute at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort meant a big shift for the Golden ski area. By moving from a local’s hangout to the only four-star Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) north of the 49th parallel, Wrangle the Chute gave Kicking Horse the chance to show off its steeps and deeps. Did it deliver? [...]

Reintroducing Bison to Banff: A Timeline

It has been 140 years since bison roamed free in Banff National Park. But, this month, all that has changed as a small herd of Plains bison was translocated from Elk Island National Park to Banff. With the help of Bison Belong, an organization dedicated to the animal’s reintroduction, we put together a timeline to put this recent success into context. [...]

Nancy Hansen: Fear, Motivation and Mt. Everest

Nancy Hansen never talks about her objectives before she climbs them, with one exception: Mt. Everest. We caught up with Hansen while she's in Bühl, Germany, to train in the Alps, and discussed her fears about this upcoming expedition, what drives her, and why she compares climbing to a game of chess. [...]

Elevating Mountain Culture in the Canadian Rockies

Based in Banff, Alberta, Crowfoot Media Inc. is a publishing house dedicated to the preservation, celebration and growth of mountain culture in the Canadian Rockies. Through our annual print magazine, website and community events, we engage diverse generations of mountain lovers while highlighting the rich history of the Canadian Rockies. [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned: Lynne Huras

Mountains make the greatest teachers and provide us with countless opportunities to contemplate, question and learn. In this first installment of “Three Things I’ve Learned” we tap into the wisdom of Banff artist, Lynne Huras, to find out how the mountains have shaped her steps and her strokes. [...]

The Seriousness of Slackcountry

Each winter, skiers and snowboarders duck the lines that separate in-bounds from out at ski areas throughout Western Canada. Enticed by the untracked terrain beyond the ropes, many do so without avalanche training and the gear that could save their lives if the slope goes for a slide. Here's how you can prepare yourself for your next slip into slackcountry. [...]

Painting with Light: Capturing Simon Beck’s Snow Art

With limitless creativity and a thirst for pushing the boundaries of cinematography, Doug Urquhart is one of the most inventive time-lapse geniuses around. When he received an invitation to visit his beloved Banff National Park and shoot a unique ‘snow art’ assignment, he immediately said "yes" and started to conjure up a creative and imaginative storyboard. [...]

Review: Sierra Designs Long Sleeve Cowl Neck

When it comes to outdoor clothing, I like a good mix of function and fashion. And while I have never worn anything by Sierra Designs, when I saw their Long Sleeve Cowl Neck (reg. price $79 USD) it called my name. In the Canadian Rockies a long sleeved shirt can be worn year-round, so I knew that if I liked the design, I would get a lot of wear out of it. [...]

Review: Heart of the Himalaya

After capturing 22,000 images over the course of 33 years of travel in the Himalaya, Pat and Baiba Morrow’s intimate relationship with this region of the world culminates in Heart of the Himalaya. [...]