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A Life Shaped by Mountains

When life strikes a blow that makes you want to run and hide, sometimes all it takes is a good look up to inspire a good look within. Alex Bodogan reflects on the mountains' power to inspire positive change when we stick around to face our demons. [...]

Letter From the Editor, Canadian Rockies Annual (Vol. 2)

I recently came across a photograph taken by Byron Harmon in 1920 of a ski jump built on the lower flanks of Tunnel Mountain. In it, a skier is flying midair above a landing slope – a residential street lined by spectators. As I looked more closely at the image, it dawned on me that the building on that street is none other than Mary Schäffer’s historic home. Opposite that home the photograph shows a vacant lot, where today stands another home: the one I live in. [...]

What To Do When You Encounter a Bear

Bear spray easy to access on the outside of your pack? Check. Hiking with friends and making noise? Check. Dog on a leash? Check. You’re well-prepared for recreating in bear country. But, what will you do if you actually encounter a bear? A bear biologist gives us her best pointers. [...]

Mountain Film Release: Land of Emperors

In a landscape as immense as the Canadian Rockies, it takes a human figure to help set the scale. In the LAND OF EMPERORS, the mountains rule. And while humans may appear tiny and insignificant, their experience venturing into that landscape is far from meaningless. The journey promises new perspective. From the striking geometry of precipitous peaks forming Canada's hydrological divide to the vastness of retreating icefields and glaciers, it can be an inspiring experience for anyone wandering through this region. This short film reminds us of the striking beauty of the Canadian Rockies and our place, as humans, within those magnificent peaks. [...]

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. [...]

5 Ways to Experience Jasper Like a Local

Jasper National Park is vast and its attractions plentiful, with travellers across the globe visiting year-round to appreciate. With so much to take in, a little insider know-how can be the perfect touch in making the most of your visit. Jasper Tourism gives us their top tips in hitting all the stops along the way, and fully appreciating each one. [...]

Letter From the Editor, Canadian Rockies Annual (Vol. 1)

At times I feel that I was born a hundred years too late and missed a “Golden Age” in the Canadian Rockies. It must have been an exciting era when first ascents were a dime a dozen and explorers, often led by First Nations guides, initially encountered the lakes and mountain passes we are well acquainted with today. [...]

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. [...]

8 Mountain Culture Books to Add to Your Reading List

While gripping films and skilled speakers attract the die-hard adventurers and inspiration-seekers to the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, it is also the stories expressed through the written word that carry this spirit beyond the end of the fest. This year, 139 books were entered into the Banff Mountain Book Competition, and 26 made it to the list of category finalists. Here are this year's winners, which are sure to keep your mountain soul satiated well into the new year. Feature photograph by Jon Griffith. [...]

Banff in Black and White: Q&A with Photographer Jamieson Caskenette

Like many people, photographer Jamieson Caskenette spent a season in the Rockies and was eventually lured back to put down his roots in the mountains. In this Q&A, we find out how he got started in photography, where he likes to get off the beaten path, and what he thinks black and white images convey about such a dramatic landscape. [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned: Richard Guy

Mountains make the greatest teachers and provide us with countless opportunities to contemplate, question and learn. At 99, Richard Guy has had nearly a century of lessons during his life-long relationship with the mountains. In this installment of “Three Things I’ve Learned”, writer Lynn Martel taps into the wisdom of this mathematician and mountain adventurer, who truly embodies a life lived to the fullest. [...]

12 Remarkable Canadian Rockies Photographs by Paul Zizka

The Canadian Rockies are among the most photographed mountains in the world, and for good reason. But some photographers go the extra mile to capture them in new ways, whether it's from up high, at night or by visiting rarely explored locations. Crowfoot Media's Photo Editor, Paul Zizka, is a Banff-based photographer who has produced a vast collection of cutting-edge work from the Canadian Rockies. Here are some of his best. [...]

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… [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]