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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, with 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. [...]

How a Bull Elk Launched My Career

Twenty years ago John E. Marriott photographed a bull elk. Like a needle in a haystack, amongst millions of other photos, this image has stood out as one of his most successful. Here’s the story behind the photograph, and what its simplicity has taught one of the Canadian Rockies’ most well-known photographers. [...]

Sub-Zero SCUBA: Winter Diving at Lake Minnewanka

The SCUBA diving season in Alberta traditionally spans from late May to mid-September. But, for a small group of fanatical divers, there is no longer an off-season. Thanks to a few qualified Master Instructors, a program has been created to certify potential candidates for the unique environment of SCUBA diving below the ice. [...]

Alpinist Barry Blanchard on “The Calling”

In this interview with Canadian alpinist, Barry Blanchard, we get beyond the pages of his first book, The Calling: A Life Rocked By Mountains, and dig into his writing process, favourite climbs, tactics for enduring a sufferfest, and how fatherhood has affected his climbing. [...]

Review: Tech Crampon 250

After test-driving the Tech Crampon 250 ($115 USD) in a variety of situations this winter, including powder snow, short rock steps, firm crusts and glacial ice, these crampons have easily become a new favourite piece of gear for me. A fresh take on ski mountaineering crampons, these ‘half crampons’ screw into the tech toe fittings of your ski boots, allowing you to scamper up icy slopes or steep couloirs. [...]

Making Tracks and Eating Snacks

When the snow is up to your knees and every run ends with you turning to your ski partner in gleeful, open-mouthed astonishment, you know the snow is good. On days like this you just want to keep skiing, so you’re likely to refuel on the ride back up the chair lift rather than ducking into the lodge. Keep your stomach full and your skis on with these easy-to-eat options you can put in your pocket. [...]

Niagara Climb a Show of Gadd’s True Talents

Will Gadd’s ascent of Niagara Falls on January 27, 2015, may have been a climb up one of the world’s most famous waterfalls, but the climbing was just as difficult as the logistics of getting it approved. Here’s why Gadd’s climb was a culmination of a lifetime of learned skills – a perfectly executed professional adventure. [...]