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Meghan J. Ward

12 Astonishing Macro Photos of Water Droplets

We've all heard there is beauty in the details. Lucky for us, Martin van den Akker's macro photographs give us a mindbending perspective on one of the smaller elements of nature: water droplets. Call it a bug's-eye view; these photographs will help you appreciate the things you walk past every day. Here we interview van den Akker about his process and feature 12 of his best macro photos to date. [...]

3 Ways to “Do” Winter at Skoki Lodge

Drop "Skoki" into a conversation around these parts, and you'll be met with some predictable reactions, usually a reminiscent sigh or a sense of deep longing for this near mythical mountain experience. Everybody wants to go to Skoki Lodge and anyone who has been wants to go back. [...]

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

The Alpine Club of Canada's A.O. Wheeler Hut. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.
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. [...]

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. [...]

12 Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Mountain Mates

As we creep our way towards the holiday season are you twiddling your thumbs trying to come up with gift ideas for the mountain enthusiasts in your life? Twiddle no more; our team has come up with some clever, useful and unexpected gift ideas that are perfect for the outdoors lover or Rockies dweller. [...]

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! [...]

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. [...]

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 Baffin Miracle: Interview with Dan Evans and Michelle Brazier

In Banff to Baffin: Local Adventurers Ski the Polar Star Couloir, we featured the adventurous exploits of Banff-based skiers, Dan Evans and Michelle Brazier, and their 17-day expedition to Baffin Island this past spring. New to the expedition scene, the team overcame enough challenges in the first three days to call the trip "The Baffin Miracle". Ultimately, they came out of the experience having skied couloirs that were above and beyond their goals for the trip. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Reintroducing Bison to Banff: A Timeline

It has been 140 years since bison roamed free in Banff National Park. But, this month, all that has changed as a small herd of Plains bison was translocated from Elk Island National Park to Banff. With the help of Bison Belong, an organization dedicated to the animal’s reintroduction, we put together a timeline to put this recent success into context. [...]

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. [...]

Elevating Mountain Culture in the Canadian Rockies

Based in Banff, Alberta, Crowfoot Media Inc. is a publishing house dedicated to the preservation, celebration and growth of mountain culture in the Canadian Rockies. Through our annual print magazine, website and community events, we engage diverse generations of mountain lovers while highlighting the rich history of the Canadian Rockies. [...]

Review: Sierra Designs Long Sleeve Cowl Neck

When it comes to outdoor clothing, I like a good mix of function and fashion. And while I have never worn anything by Sierra Designs, when I saw their Long Sleeve Cowl Neck (reg. price $79 USD) it called my name. In the Canadian Rockies a long sleeved shirt can be worn year-round, so I knew that if I liked the design, I would get a lot of wear out of it. [...]

Review: Heart of the Himalaya

After capturing 22,000 images over the course of 33 years of travel in the Himalaya, Pat and Baiba Morrow’s intimate relationship with this region of the world culminates in Heart of the Himalaya. [...]

Alpinist Barry Blanchard on “The Calling”

In this interview with Canadian alpinist, Barry Blanchard, we get beyond the pages of his first book, The Calling: A Life Rocked By Mountains, and dig into his writing process, favourite climbs, tactics for enduring a sufferfest, and how fatherhood has affected his climbing. [...]