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Cascade, Rundle, Sulphur: Athletes Take on Three Peaks Challenge

For most mountain enthusiasts, ascending a single peak in a day is a worthy undertaking. But endurance athletes have set their sights on three peaks accessible from the town of Banff for a multi-peak challenge, using their muscle and willpower to run and climb from trailhead to summit, and everywhere in between. [...]

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. [...]

Christine Feleki and the Path to Splitboard Mountain Guiding

Christine Feleki is a Canmore native who is about to push some serious boundaries. Contributor Abby Cooper caught up with Christine to hear about her current venture to become one of the first female splitboarding guides to take the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) test. Turns out, she is one of those incredibly humble and driven human beings that make you want to live a better life, love more, and be a better person. She must be from Canmore… [...]

8 Larch Hikes in the Canadian Rockies

Larch trees have risen to celebrity status here in the Canadian Rockies, and there's little wonder why. These coniferous trees shed their needles, but before tucking in for the winter, they turn so vibrantly yellow that they light up the landscape. If you're keen to trek amongst the fall's golden glow, branch out with this select list of larch hikes in the Canadian Rockies. [...]

Power Down, Look Up: Jasper’s Dark Sky

Few memories stand out as poignantly as the times we poke our heads out of tent flaps to look up at a sky so vast and speckled with stars that it literally takes our breath away. Or when word of a meteor shower inspires us to hike up a mountainside with sleeping bags, and hunker down for the best show of the year. [...]

Go Wild: 4 Reasons to Explore Banff’s Backcountry

It’s no secret that in the Canadian Rockies we find one of lower Canada’s largest and unfettered wilderness areas. It’s also right at our fingertips. Outdoor aficionado, Andrew Hardingham, gives us four great reasons to lace up our hiking boots, and his best recommendations for wilderness experiences in Banff National Park. [...]

Recipe: Pocket Power Balls

We've all had it before: trail food envy. Every once in a while, a hiking partner will pull out some glorious, homemade trail snacks, and you stare at your cheap granola bar with a touch of self-pity. The good news is: you don't need to be an expert in the kitchen to make some homemade snacks for yourself. Contributor Abby Cooper brings us her favourite recipe for power balls that are quick and easy to roll together. [...]

Adventure is Calling in Jasper

The scariest moment? Those first few baby steps towards the edge. Shaky knees, shallow breath, sweaty palms, the instinct to turn back. What’s the point in going through with it? Somehow, you ignore the fear and find resolve. You stand tall, breathe deeply, and embrace that challenge that was waiting to welcome you all this time. [...]

Trip Report: Egypt Lake, Banff National Park

Anyone willing to put in some mileage on their hiking boots should consider a multi-day trip into Egypt Lake in Banff National Park. Forested valleys, striking pinnacles, clusters of small lakes, and exciting alpine passes distinguish this area from its other backcountry counterparts. Hit it up in July to enjoy carpets of wildflowers, and warm weather that'll make you eager to jump into one of the many lakes along the way. [...]

Summer Shred Missions in the Canadian Rockies

Without a winter to brag about, many of us have this lingering feeling that winter is still just around the corner. Hate to break it to you friends, but she’s gone. At least until next season, which, fingers crossed, will be a doozy. Until then, contributor Abby Cooper brings us her best suggestions for summer stashes in the Canadian Rockies. [...]

Life Lessons in Mountain Biking

Sometimes life too closely resembles a bone-crushing mountain bike ride on the hardest trails you've ever encountered. Or, maybe it's the other way around: a mountain bike ride reminds you of the toughest times you've had in life. In this piece, contributor C.B. Macintosh confronts the messiness of life by drawing inspiration from the three rules of mountain biking. [...]

Banff to Baffin: Local Adventurers Ski the Polar Star Couloir

Every adventure starts with the seed of an idea. Whether that seed sprouts into a full-fledged expedition depends on the willingness of a team to accept the unknowns and dream big. For 17 days this past spring, Banff locals, Dan Evans and Michelle Brazier, did just that - skiing into the white, wide-open wilderness of Sam Ford Fjord in northeast Baffin Island. Happy to go home having explored the region and ticking off a few couloirs, halfway through their trip Evans and Brazier set their sights on a prized couloir. [...]

Bear Aware Everywhere

What are the chances that bears and people are on the same trail at the same time? And what are the conditions that lead to a higher chance of encounter? These are just some of the questions that Canmore-based researcher, Sarah Elmeligi, is studying as part of her PhD. In this article, she walks us through the preliminary results of her research, and tells us why people should be prepared for a bear encounter - especially when you're close to a road or town. [...]

Mountain, River, Fairway: The Annual Spring Trifecta

Held in Banff each year on the Friday before Victoria Day, the Annual Spring Trifecta has participants skiing every lift at Sunshine Village, paddling the Bow River from 5-Mile Bridge to the Banff Canoe Docks, and playing nine holes at the Banff Springs Golf Club. In this Q and A, The Trifecta’s founders, Alan Hogg and Mark Zanetti, give us the inside scoop on this popular - and usually hilarious - event. [...]

7 Women-Only Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

Women are going harder, faster and farther in adventure sports today, and they’re blazing wider trails in the Canadian Rockies. With the support of regional businesses, it’s part of a revolution sparked by some gutsy, ponytail-clad pioneers. Writer John Reid digs into why women are looking for gender-specific experiences and recommends seven women-only, Rockies-based programs. [...]

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? [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]