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Mountain Lodge Spotlight: Shadow Lake Lodge

This is the benefit of the backcountry lodge experience. It is a chance to disconnect and unwind, to venture out on the trail without getting in a vehicle, to be fed and nurtured without lifting a finger, and to relax and read without the distraction of electronics, television or the web. And if one lodge delivers this, and more, it is Shadow Lake Lodge. [...]

Trip Report: The Rockwall, Kootenay National Park

Traversing three alpine passes, lush forests, lunar scree slopes and heavenly wildflower meadows, the 55-kilometre Rockwall Trail in the Kootenay Valley is a Rockies hiking gem. Along the route, hanging glaciers and waterfalls burst out of the Rockwall itself, a 900-metre-high rampart of limestone and dolomite that looms over the trail for much of its length. [...]

5 Sure-Fire Ways to Elevate Your Backcountry Cooking

We asked our readers, contributors and team at Crowfoot Media for their favourite ways to go gourmet in the backcountry. Turns out, you don’t need to pack in your kitchen or have five-star restaurant cooking experience to turn your meals up a notch. Here are five sure-fire ways to elevate your cooking the next time you set out to sleep under the stars.  [...]

2017 Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest

Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest is a three-day festival with a buffet of 'for fun' activities. Celebrate mountain bike culture, Canadian Rockies style! In support of MTB associations across the region. [...]

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. [...]

Giveaway! Tell Us Your Backcountry Gourmet Tips

What tips do you have for bringing a bit of luxury into the backcountry? Share your feedback below and you might just see it in an upcoming post here on CrowfootMedia.com. You'll also be entered to win this book pack by Graeme Pole! [...]

Life Lessons in Ski Touring: A Day with “Bucky”

When you have an opportunity to join mountain man Jim Buckingham in the outdoors (or anywhere), you take it. Writer Nathan Jones spends a day on skis with the Banff legend, and comes away with some great turns – and wisdom to go with them. Turns out, the only way to have the good days is to get out every day... [...]

Hut Etiquette: 10 Things That’ll Get You the Stink Eye

Ten years ago I was a total mountain newbie. The 'hut life' was the ultimate dream, and one I probably trampled through without knowing it. Here's why: the quintessential hut experience - the kind of backcountry trip we all idealize - depends on a mostly unspoken etiquette in order to retain its sacredness among outdoor enthusiasts. Call these my own hard-learned lessons or (now) pet-peeves, here are ten sure-fire ways to break the code and attract some serious stink eye. [...]

Don’t Miss Avalanche Awareness Night at The Banff Centre

Touring gear: check. Ski buds: check. Thirst for powder: check. Avy awareness? Here's a chance to learn about avalanche risks associated with backcountry and out-of-bounds travel - featuring presentations by snow safety experts, films from the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, door prizes and a trade show! Presented in partnership with Avalanche Canada Foundation and Canadian Pacific. [...]

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. [...]

The Ultimate Timeline of Ski History in Banff National Park

From its first introduction to the Banff area by Scandinavian Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) workers and Swiss mountaineering guides, skiing has grown to be the very heartbeat and pulse of Canadian Rockies culture. Skiers may have traded in their pea coats and wooden skis for Gore Tex shells and the perfect camber, but the spirit of the sport remains in Canada’s first national park. [...]

Trailer: Patagonia Presents “Jumbo Wild”

Patagonia presents Jumbo Wild – a gripping, hour-long documentary film by Sweetgrass Productions that tells the true story of the decades-long battle over the future of British Columbia’s iconic Jumbo Valley and highlights the tension between the protection of wilderness and the backcountry experience and ever-increasing development interests in wild places. [...]

Review: Kelty Trail Logic TN3 Tent

I'm a sucker for smart gear and, in particular, innovative tent technology. I have never tried any products from Kelty - one of the most established brands in the industry. But when I came across the three-season Trail Logic TN3 ($299.95) with a Stargazing Fly™, I had to give it a try. The easy setup and smaller packing size made this my go-to on backpacking trips this summer. Read on for more great features! [...]

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… [...]

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. [...]

Review: Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed (600 3 Seasons)

When it comes to new gear designs, it takes a lot to 'wow' me. But one innovation by Sierra Designs truly blew me away. A backcountry sleeping bag that comfortably lets you sleep on your side? That doesn't slide off your mattress? Am I dreaming? Probably. The Backcountry Bed concept is so comfortable and accommodating that you're bound to actually get a good night's sleep in the tent. I tried the Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed - 600 3 Seasons (reg. price $379 USD), which was the perfect weight for the generally cool nights we find in the Canadian Rockies. [...]

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. [...]

The Seriousness of Slackcountry

Each winter, skiers and snowboarders duck the lines that separate in-bounds from out at ski areas throughout Western Canada. Enticed by the untracked terrain beyond the ropes, many do so without avalanche training and the gear that could save their lives if the slope goes for a slide. Here's how you can prepare yourself for your next slip into slackcountry. [...]