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All That Glitters: Interview with Margo Talbot

Margo Talbot’s All That Glitters tells the story of her journey through addiction and depression and the healing she found in nature. In this interview, she tells us what that journey signifies for the greater mountain community and how we might empower ourselves in the context of COVID-19. [...]

Rocky Mountain Books Celebrates 40 Years

Today, guidebooks grace the bookshelves and coffee tables of many outdoor enthusiasts, and in the Canadian Rockies, most of the go-to guide books can be accredited to a small, but mighty, publishing company and proud partner of Crowfoot Media. [...]

Rocky Mountain Cooking: Q+A with Chef Katie Mitzel

"Rich and deliberate flavours, delicious savoury vegetables, heavenly soups and hearty, oven-roasted meats are a feast for the eyes, nose and taste-buds," says Katie Mitzel, author of Rocky Mountain Cooking. They are also a well-known staple of backcountry life in the Canadian Rockies, and now cooks everywhere can bring those recipes into the comfort of home. We check in with Mitzel to learn about the inspiration behind her new cookbook and what kind of recipes you'll find inside. [...]

The Ultimate Canadian Rockies Library

Guidebook, handbook, history, photography. The canon of Canadian Rockies literature is as massive as the mountain range that has inspired it. While no list is ever complete, we have curated a list of mountain literature for the bookshelves of every Rockies enthusiast. [...]

Review – As Above, So Below: A Climbing Story

As Above, So Below is the short, fictional story of a father and son expedition to Patagonia's Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy. What begins as an attempt to reconcile the gap between teenage rebellion and old-school grit quickly turns into a tragic fight for survival and exploration of the self. [...]

Review: A Purpose Ridden, by Ryan Correy

Ryan Correy's honest memoir deconstructs an evolving father-son relationship, uncovers the struggles in becoming one of Canada’s most respected adventure cyclists and, in this revised edition, discusses the dramatic impact of his cancer diagnosis. [...]

Review: Searching for Mary Schäffer

Colleen Skidmore's latest book, Searching for Mary Schäffer, explores the life and works of one of the Rockies' most famous mountain women, and in the process sheds new light on Schäffer's persona, the stories that comprised her exciting life, and the people who crossed her path along the way. [...]

When Creativity Soars – The Canadian Rockies: Rediscovered

Banff-based photographer Paul Zizka isn't shy about speaking out about his struggle to pursue the creative process in the age of social media, where it's easy to follow a recipe and create popular images. His latest book, The Canadian Rockies: Rediscovered, is a testament to that journey and the quest for creativity. [...]

Review: Our Vanishing Glaciers

In Our Vanishing Glaciers, Bob Sandford takes on this formidable spectrum of objectives and succeeds, providing a wealth of information about ice in this warming world. In doing so Sandford frames an uncomfortable reality: Vanishing ice is not a future consideration. It is here, now. [...]

Review – Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey Into Deep Wild

In Crocodiles and Ice, acclaimed adventure writer Jon Turk ventures deep into the wilderness of Ellesmere Island and recounts memories of journeys past. Far beyond the adventure tales, however, the author endeavours to speak to the reader's heart and mind. One reviewer grapples with her own connection to Nature, to the author himself, and his quest for a more peaceful, sustainable planet. [...]

Review – Earth and Sky: Photographs and Stories from Montana and Alberta

Stephen Legault’s Earth and Sky spans 200 pages of stunning images of the Alberta and Montana foothills, paired with captivating narratives of lives that have interacted and developed meaning with these lands over centuries. A conservation activist, writer, and photographer, Legault provides a distinct perspective on the geology and history along the Rocky Mountain front – through national parks, iconic destinations, and everywhere in between. [...]

Review: Siren Call

It takes someone with personal experience – or excellent research skills – to write a book about a field so intricate and exciting as emergency response. Even better is someone who has both, and that's Graeme Pole. A Primary Care Paramedic for 27 years, Pole explores the lives of emergency responders in Banff National Park in his latest work of fiction, Siren Call. [...]

A Purpose Ridden: Q+A with Ryan Correy

From cycling across Canada at the age of thirteen to starting up his own bikepacking business and writing a book, adventure cyclist Ryan Correy has done it all. In this interview, Billie Norman gets behind-the-scenes of Ryan’s book, A Purpose Ridden, to uncover how he got into bikepacking, when his passion turned into purpose, and the troubles he had along the way. [...]

Review – The Pipestone Wolves: The Rise and Fall of a Wolf Family

In the Rocky Mountains we're no stranger to the impact that human behaviour has had on the wildlife that call this land home. But do we really know the full extent? Considering events that unfolded this past summer, Günther Bloch's The Pipestone Wolves: The Rise and Fall of a Wolf Family couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. [...]

The Bold and Cold: Excerpt and Interview with Brandon Pullan

Perfect for the armchair traveller or devoted mountaineer, The Bold and Cold: A History of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies has been in the works for decades. It began in the late 60s as a brainchild of Urs Kallen, who later collaborated with Dave Cheesmond to select the 25 routes and compile them into a book. The project was abandoned following Cheesmond's death on Mt. Logan in 1987, but not before the pair decided to name it ‘The Bold and Cold.’ Here, Tera Swanson interviews Brandon Pullan, who took over the project in 2005 and saw it through to publication with Rocky Mountain Books more than ten years later. [...]

Review: Through an Unknown Country

Authors Mike Murtha and Charles Helm retrace the 1874-1875 Jarvis-Hanington Winter Expedition through the Northern Rockies and position the explorers amongst some of the greatest in early Canadian history. [...]

Review and Excerpt – Heart Waters: Sources of the Bow

In Heart Waters (Rocky Mountain Books, 2015), best-selling author, naturalist, fly-fisherman and conservationist Kevin Van Tighem, along with his son, landscape photographer Brian Van Tighem, take the reader into the heart of the watershed located along the eastern slopes of the Continental Divide where the mighty Bow River is born. [...]

Review: Alpine Warriors

Fantastic research coupled with poetic and earnest storytelling from Bernadette McDonald creates Alpine Warriors, a wonderfully passionate account of mountaineering's unsung pioneers. [...]

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. [...]