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Free Camping Resources for Alberta and B.C.

For avid campers and newbies alike, the costs of pitching a tent can add up. Thankfully, there are nearly 1,300 free recreation sites across B.C. and several in Alberta’s Rockies waiting for you to set up camp. Here are the best resources we could find – in print and on the web. [...]

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. [...]

Mountain Lodge Spotlight: Winter at Emerald Lake Lodge

Luxury in wilderness comes a bit off the beaten track for many getaway lodges in the Canadian Rockies. But, Emerald Lake Lodge maintains a semblance of isolation and the elegance of simplicity, despite being just a short drive away from the nearest village. The historic Swiss-inspired lodge is just as inviting as the peaks seen from its windows, beckoning visitors to explore and enjoy the splendour of Yoho National Park. [...]

From the Archives: Inspiring Mountain Women

Need a bit of a push to keep you moving during the winter season? We’ve rounded up some of the most inspirational stories our site has seen, and they happen to have one thing in common: they feature strong female protagonists who embody mountain culture all year round. [...]

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. [...]

Packing With the Pros: Ski Touring (Eric Hjorleifson)

As backcountry touring rises in popularity, the sport's gear is proliferating left, right and centre. So, how do you choose the best gear? What's been tried, tested and true? We turn to pro freeskier, Eric Hjorleifson, for his rundown on what he puts into his pack for a day out ski touring. Here are his favs (and some sweet hacks, too!). [...]

Mountain Film Release: The Winter of our Content

Shot entirely at Island Lake Lodge Catskiing in Fernie B.C., Winter of our Content is a story of weather, powder skiing, terrain, inspiration and pushing your personal limits. Watch some of the top skiers, snowboarders and wing-suit athletes in the world explore the Lizard Range of the Rocky Mountains. Athletes include: Nick McNutt, Lucas Debari, Rob Heule, Dash Longe, Tim Durtschi, Dane Tudor, Ben Ogilvie and Trace Cooke. Narrated by Chuck Ragan. [...]

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! [...]

Hobnails and Hemp Rope: On Recreating a Historic 1916 Ascent

In 1916, Conrad Kain led the first ascent of Bugaboo Spire – the hardest technical route in the world at that time. This past summer, a team of climbers set out to recreate that experience using period gear – hobnailed boots, a hemp rope and a 100-year-old camp stove. [...]

SheJumps and the Power of the Girafficorn

We're seeing more and more women amping up their outdoor game – skiing backcountry lines, ripping down mountain bike trails, and getting pumped at local crags – and it takes the right environment to foster this development. SheJumps is an all-women, non-profit organization whose focus is to create just this: the perfect vibe to move past the uncomfortable stages in learning, and help take new steps in outdoor pursuits. Whether tuning up a mountain bike for the first time, or dipping a boot in the crystallized waters of ski mountaineering, SheJumps has got your back. [...]

A Shot in the Dark: Interview with SHIFT’s Kelly Milner

SHIFT tells the story of a group of aboriginal youth in Carcross, Yukon, who have spent the past 10 years converting historical trails in the mountains around their community into a world-class mountain biking destination. Writer and director Kelly Milner shares her creative process, and the importance of telling positive stories about Indigenous people and the North. [...]

Why You Should Upgrade Your Avalanche Skills: Q+A with Marty Schaffer

It's hard to come by a better spokesperson for avalanche safety than Marty Schaffer. This ACMG Ski Guide has grown up in the ski industry his whole life, works closely with Avalanche Canada, and now runs his own ski guiding operation, CAPOW - Canadian Powder Guiding. He gives us the low-down on why backcountry ski and snowboard enthusiasts should upgrade their Avalanche Skills Training, what an AST 2 course has to offer, and what the biggest mistakes are that he's seen in avalanche terrain assessment. [...]

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. [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned: Chic Scott

Few people have spent as much time in the mountains, and know them as intimately as Chic Scott. As a historian, writer, and ski pioneer in the Rockies, Chic has gained extensive knowledge and wisdom about the mountains he calls home. In the latest installment of "Three Things I've Learned," Joanna Croston profiles Chic's contributions and taps into the wisdom of this Rockies legend. [...]

At What Price: Trailer and Q + A with John Price

In a constantly accelerating world of social media, emerging creative professionals must walk a delicate line when they use these online tools to grow their businesses and promote their craft. Premiering at the 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival, "At What Price," directed by Tommy Day, takes us through this journey with up-and-coming adventure photographer John Price. [...]

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. [...]

Op-Ed: Why Dogs Belong On a Leash Outdoors

There are a few schools of thought when it comes to whether or not a dog should be free to roam in the mountains. Some think, "isn’t a dog happier, less threatening and more fun when it is off-leash?" Canmore-based biologist Sarah Elmeligi says it doesn't matter how happy it makes your four-legged friend (or you); dog owners have a responsibility to follow the rules for a reason. Here she presents her case, backed by science, for putting your dog on a leash. [...]

Ten Peaks, Seven Years, Countless Steps: Q+A with Paul Zizka

Few people have summited each of the Ten Peaks that tower over Moraine Lake. Even fewer have photographed from their highest points. Writer Kyla Jacobs interviews Crowfoot Media’s Photo Editor, Paul Zizka, about his journey to climb and photograph one the most famous skylines in the Canadian Rockies. [...]

One Run, One Chance: Q+A with Freeride Snowboarder, Audrey Hebert

The Swatch Freeride World Tour sees the best of the best battle it out all over the world deep in the backcountry, and Banff's Audrey Hebert is taking it on. In this interview, Hebert gives us the lowdown on how she got into snowboarding, her picks for local powder day runs, and an insight into the unique challenges of competing at big mountain events. [...]

Trip Report: Iceline Circuit, Yoho National Park

The Iceline Circuit is considered by many to be a jewel of Yoho National Park, and for good reason. Not only will you find waterfalls, glaciers and wildflowers around every turn, but this region is rich with the history of Swiss Guides and the CP Rail. Whether you complete the 20-km circuit in a hard-earned day or break it up with a backcountry campground or ACC Hut, there are several ways to enjoy this little slice of Yoho paradise. [...]

Packing With the Pros: Day Hiking (Eric Dumerac)

Many hikers won't think too much about what goes in their pack until something goes wrong on their adventure. Whether it's a First Aid incident or an unexpected night out, your day pack should be fully loaded with items you'll need if your day takes a turn for the worst (or to prevent that from happening in the first place). We called on IFMGA/ACMG Mountain Guide, Eric Dumerac, to show us how he packs his kit. [...]

Climbing Camp Celebrates Kain’s Epic Season of 1916

When the 1916 climbing season ended, Conrad Kain had led ascents of 15 virgin peaks, including some of the most difficult ever attempted in Canada. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of his most successful and ambitious season, 10 students from Invermere, Cranbrook and Kimberley travelled to Bugaboo Provincial Park on July 22 to participate in the annual Conrad Kain Bugaboos Teens Climbing Camp. [...]

Jasper: 6 Awesome Summer Adventure Ideas

What does adventure mean to you? Whether you like to go with the flow, seek a thrill or look to maximize your experiences, one of the best things about adventure is that there is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all.” No matter where you fall on that spectrum, Jasper has got you well covered. As an epicentre of endless activities, it can be hard to sort out where to get started, so we’ve planned out a few simple itineraries to best suit your style (but feel free to pick and choose from the bunch!) [...]