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Letter From the Editor, Canadian Rockies Annual (Vol. 2)

I recently came across a photograph taken by Byron Harmon in 1920 of a ski jump built on the lower flanks of Tunnel Mountain. In it, a skier is flying midair above a landing slope – a residential street lined by spectators. As I looked more closely at the image, it dawned on me that the building on that street is none other than Mary Schäffer’s historic home. Opposite that home the photograph shows a vacant lot, where today stands another home: the one I live in. [...]

First Bison Calves Born in Banff in Over 140 Years

After a successful translocation of bison from Elk Island National Park to Banff National Park in February 2017, the first calf was born on what is perhaps the most fitting of days – Earth Day. It is the first time bison calves have been born in the national park in over 140 years. [...]

10 Rockies Causes You Should Care About

From groomed trails to community gardens, bolted routes to hiking boots, there are plenty of ways to get involved with your local mountain town. Volunteering allows us to give back, and grow roots in our communities. Tera Swanson rounds up ten causes that have done a fine job of laying the groundwork. [...]

Revive Rogers: Finding Solutions for Glacier National Park

Rogers Pass is a mecca for backcountry skiers, splitboarders, hikers and mountaineers. Yet with the closure of Glacier Park Lodge, the future of lodging development in that area is uncertain. Enter: Revive Rogers, a community-based initiative working to ensure the restoration of lodging at Rogers Pass. [...]

Top 10 of 2016: Our Most-Read Articles of the Year

At Crowfoot Media we’re all about getting mountain culture elevated and sharing that passion with other mountain lovers. From wilderness stories to people profiles, the latest in science and stunning photography, we pump out fresh, web-exclusive content on a monthly basis that you won't find anywhere else. Thanks to a wide range of talented and inspiring contributors, here are the articles that elevated people the most this year. [...]

Drawn to the High and Wild: Anna Smith

Known for her trademark laugh and generous spirit, Canmore-based climber Anna Smith was a prolific and cutting-edge climber whose passing has left a mountain-size gap in the climbing community of the Rockies and beyond. [...]

Get to Know the Canadian Rockies Annual

In a digital age, where people value the fast pace of information and 'quick fix' content, it may seem crazy we even set out to print a publication in the first place. More than a few times we asked ourselves if the altitude was getting to us. But printing a magazine isn't crazy; it's our way of reclaiming an important medium and introducing a new publishing style to the Canadian Rockies. Here's a bit more "behind the scenes" with the magazine. [...]

River Access Concerns Cloud Kicking Horse Paddle Fest

Scores of kayakers converged on Golden, BC, last weekend to celebrate the mighty Kicking Horse river’s second annual paddle festival. This year, however, the event was tinged with concerns about the battle between the whitewater community and Canadian Pacific Railway over access to the iconic Lower Canyon. [...]

Letter From the Editor, Canadian Rockies Annual (Vol. 1)

At times I feel that I was born a hundred years too late and missed a “Golden Age” in the Canadian Rockies. It must have been an exciting era when first ascents were a dime a dozen and explorers, often led by First Nations guides, initially encountered the lakes and mountain passes we are well acquainted with today. [...]

The Gathering: The Best of Bands and Brands in Banff

Organizers behind The Gathering, an annual two-day summit of world class cult brands, have added a third day to the Festival dedicated to celebrating the relationship between music and marketing. This year, The Gathering // Music will introduce 10 up-and-coming musical acts and four industry experts at two venues in Banff on Friday, February 5. [...]

Top 10 of 2015: Our Most-Read Articles of the Year

Call it our 'best of' if you like, but what this list really represents is the collection of stories that resonated the most with our community this past year. They are the most-read on the website and the most-shared on social media, but more importantly, in these articles we are proud to have featured the people, places and projects that are truly elevating mountain culture here in the Canadian Rockies. Read them now or bookmark them for later when you need a good dose of mountain inspiration. [...]

Alberta’s New Park: 4 Reasons to Love the Castle Wilderness

Forty years of campaigning by conservationists culminated to a momentous announcement by the NDP this month: the protection of the Castle region on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. Sarah Elmeligi tells us about the Castle's cultural, ecological, and economic significance - and why we should fall in love with Alberta's newest park. [...]

What You Need to Know About Lyme Disease

A 2013 Alberta Health study revealed 20 per cent of black-legged ticks sampled in Alberta carried the Lyme-causing Borrellia bacteria. Yet, diagnosis and treatment of the disease continue to be mired in uncertainty, leading to significant discord among many Lyme disease advocates and medical professionals. Sean McIntyre reports on prevention of the disease, and where to turn in the case of a suspicious tick bite. [...]

Photographers Launch Nepal425 Photo Book

After a trekking adventure in Nepal, four photographers found themselves in the heart of the disaster when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the region earlier this year. Together they have formed Nepal425 to raise funds for those most in need in this Himalayan country. Here's how you can help. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]