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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. [...]