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Trip Report: Skoki Region, Banff National Park

If you’ve ever been to Lake Louise Ski Resort, you may have wondered what lies out of sight just beyond the slopes. Whatever you’re picturing, it’s all that and more. The Skoki Region offers some of Banff's premier multi-day hiking, backpacking and camping experiences. [...]

6 Day Hikes in Fernie, BC

Fernie isn’t on the tourist trail to the extent of Banff or Jasper, but for those who venture to this small mountain town nestled in the Elk Valley, the rewards are worthwhile. With jaw-dropping landscapes, alpine meadows and imposing mountains, Fernie has an abundance of world-class day hikes you don't want to miss. [...]

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. [...]

Trip Report: Lake O’Hara Region, Yoho National Park

With its turquoise waters, towering peaks, hanging valleys and larch forests, Lake O’Hara is beloved by all those who know it. The near-mythic beauty of this pocket of Yoho National Park will bring you to your knees. If that's not enough to make you plan a trip, you should know that Parks Canada has restricted access to a handful of busloads each day. Plan ahead and you'll be among the eager beavers enjoying one of the most beautiful and crowd-free spots in the Canadian Rockies. [...]

Recipe: Cranberry Coconut Granola Bars

Search for "granola bars" on the Internet, and you'll get about 2.6 million results. Finding a good recipe is like bushwhacking your way through a thick forest, so we've done your homework for you with these easy-to-make granola bars that are full of truly healthy ingredients. Stick to the recipe as is or get creative and throw in some of your favourite seeds, nuts and dried fruit. [...]

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! [...]

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. [...]

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: Icebreaker Merino Products

In the world of outdoor clothing, merino is perhaps one of the most praised materials of all. Unlike traditional wool, which will itch the pants off you, merino wool is a natural fibre that is warm in cold weather, cool in warm weather, light, breathable, easy to care for, and generally less stinky. The Crowfoot Media team put three Icebreaker Merino products to the test this summer. Here's what we thought. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

20 Years of Classic Hikes: Graeme Pole

Few guidebooks truly stand the test of time. Even fewer call the industry to new models of guidebook publishing. Yet, Classic Hikes in the Canadian Rockies, by Graeme Pole, has done both of these things. Celebrating more than two decades in print, this guidebook does more than just point eager hikers in the right direction. In this review we tell you why we think it deserves a spot on your bookshelf. [...]

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. [...]