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Review – As Above, So Below: A Climbing Story

As Above, So Below is the short, fictional story of a father and son expedition to Patagonia's Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy. What begins as an attempt to reconcile the gap between teenage rebellion and old-school grit quickly turns into a tragic fight for survival and exploration of the self. [...]

Packing With the Pros: Mountaineering (Lilla Molnar)

Mountaineering requires a fair amount of gear, and between your hard goods and clothing needed for an array of weather, you need to be careful not to leave crucial gear behind. Abby Cooper caught up with ACMG/IFMGA-certified guide, Lilla Molnar, to find out what's in her pack, and her best tips for packing for a day spent high in the alpine.  [...]

150 Ways to Enjoy Canada’s Mountain Parks

We asked our readers what their favourite ways were to enjoy the beauty of Canada's Mountain Parks. We received over 500 submissions with answers of all kinds, from summit picnic spots to the best frozen waterfalls to climb. Looking for your next adventure? Scan this list for ideas that come from passionate, outdoorsy people who get out there the most. [...]

Mountain Film Release: At What Price

Professional adventure and climbing photographer John Price explores the myth of 'the perfect life' that's so pervasive in social media. Set in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, this film ponders how to strike the balance as an artist between self-promotion and authenticity. [...]

Living with Lyme Disease: A Photo Series by Joanne Liu

For four years, Joanne Liu has lived with Lyme Disease after contracting it from a tick in Kananaskis Country. Among many changes, the infection has brought about unforeseeable consequences, including an estrangement from the mountain community she was so much a part of, especially as a climber. Here she describes the inspiration behind a photo series, what she's learned living with the disease, and her best tips for avoiding it in the first place. [...]

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. [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned, with 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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Scrambling Safely: Q+A with a Public Safety Specialist

Not quite hiking, not quite climbing: scrambling, as we call it, is a phenomenal way to reach summits and gain those lofty views. But while scaling certain peaks may not require ropes and harnesses, scrambling takes you into inherently dangerous terrain where a mistake could have enormous consequences. Crowfoot Media's Editor-in-Chief checks in with Paddy Jerome (Public Safety Specialist with Alberta Environment and Parks - Kananaskis Region) for his best scrambling safety advice. [...]

17 Clever Hacks and Tips to Streamline Your Climbing

When it comes to climbing, efficiency and speed make a big difference in both safety and enjoyment. Applying some tools of the trade can help you achieve both of these. With the advice of top-notch climbers, Abby Cooper rounds up some of the best climbing hacks that’ll make your rock world operate a little smoother. [...]

Higher Love and The Quest to Ski Everest

Only one woman can become the first woman to ski down Mt. Everest. It was a lofty goal for Canmore’s Maegan Carney, and one that slipped through her fingertips in 2003. Lynn Martel reports on how Carney’s journey intersects with Kit Deslauriers’ successful descent of the world’s highest mountain in October 2006. [Photo: Jimmy Chin] [...]

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. [...]

Photos from the Spindrift Sessions: Adventure in Climbing

On June 23, 2015, our community gathered at The North Face Banff for the second instalment of the Spindrift Sessions to learn more about how climbing has changed in the last 50 years. It was an entertaining and inspiring evening, thanks to our speakers and panelists, Will Gadd, Chic Scott, Sarah Hueniken and Joshua Lavigne. Click on the first image to start a full-screen slideshow. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]