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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. [...]

12 Gift Ideas for the Mountain Enthusiast

Mountain people can be surprisingly easy to shop for. Give them a new piece of gear to unwrap and they'll usually be over the moon. But, if you want to be a bit more unique or deliberate in your gift-giving this holiday season, check out this list of gifts curated specifically for the mountain enthusiast! [...]

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. [...]

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival: 8 Events to Take You Deeper

Each year, thousands of mountain enthusiasts descend on the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity for nine days of epic events at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. The program is chock-full with inspiring speakers, adrenaline-pumping films, and educational workshops. With such a full schedule, how do you choose what to attend? Here are just eight of many events we think will deepen your festival experience. [...]

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. [...]

Announcing the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival Headliners

Rock climbing has never seen the likes of these women. Both are known for their trailblazing ascents of The Nose, the Eiger, and the Matterhorn; for establishing record-breaking speed climbs, for possessing a steely dedication to their craft; and, for helping to shape the world of rock climbing. The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is proud to announce Lynn Hill and Catherine Destivelle as headline presenters for the 2016 Festival. [...]

Giveaway: Outdoor Books + Subscription + $50 at MEC

Life is so much better when you've got great books to read and sweet gear that'll keep up with your outdoor lifestyle. We're giving away this book pack from Rocky Mountain Books, a subscription to the Canadian Rockies Annual and a $50 gift card to MEC! Entering is as simple as signing up for our monthly community newsletter. Already on the list? Well, you're eligible, too. [...]

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. [...]

12 Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Mountain Mates

As we creep our way towards the holiday season are you twiddling your thumbs trying to come up with gift ideas for the mountain enthusiasts in your life? Twiddle no more; our team has come up with some clever, useful and unexpected gift ideas that are perfect for the outdoors lover or Rockies dweller. [...]

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. [...]

8 Mountain Culture Books to Add to Your Reading List

While gripping films and skilled speakers attract the die-hard adventurers and inspiration-seekers to the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, it is also the stories expressed through the written word that carry this spirit beyond the end of the fest. This year, 139 books were entered into the Banff Mountain Book Competition, and 26 made it to the list of category finalists. Here are this year's winners, which are sure to keep your mountain soul satiated well into the new year. Feature photograph by Jon Griffith. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]