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Staff Picks: 8 Holiday Gift Ideas for Mountain People

Snow in the forecast means more than backcountry turns and opening days at the ski hills – it's also the signal to start thinking about gifts you'd like to purchase for friends and family this holiday season! In this year's annual gift idea round-up, our staff members handpick their favourite items that'll take you from your campsite to the trail to those (odd) days spent indoors. [...]

Finding Bliss in British Columbia’s Blaeberry Valley

With six national parks and eight provincial parks within just over an hour’s drive, Golden, B.C., has rightfully been dubbed the “Heart of the Parks.” But, what’s even closer than a handful of these famous parks – and equally impressive – is the Blaeberry Valley, less than 20 kilometres from downtown Golden and ripe for untamed adventures. Abby Cooper gives us the inside scoop. [...]

From the Archives: Inspiring Mountain Women

Need a bit of a push to keep you moving during the winter season? We’ve rounded up some of the most inspirational stories our site has seen, and they happen to have one thing in common: they feature strong female protagonists who embody mountain culture all year round. [...]

SheJumps and the Power of the Girafficorn

We're seeing more and more women amping up their outdoor game – skiing backcountry lines, ripping down mountain bike trails, and getting pumped at local crags – and it takes the right environment to foster this development. SheJumps is an all-women, non-profit organization whose focus is to create just this: the perfect vibe to move past the uncomfortable stages in learning, and help take new steps in outdoor pursuits. Whether tuning up a mountain bike for the first time, or dipping a boot in the crystallized waters of ski mountaineering, SheJumps has got your back. [...]

Op-Ed: Why Dogs Belong On a Leash Outdoors

There are a few schools of thought when it comes to whether or not a dog should be free to roam in the mountains. Some think, "isn’t a dog happier, less threatening and more fun when it is off-leash?" Canmore-based biologist Sarah Elmeligi says it doesn't matter how happy it makes your four-legged friend (or you); dog owners have a responsibility to follow the rules for a reason. Here she presents her case, backed by science, for putting your dog on a leash. [...]

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. [...]

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

Perfecting The Art of Bailing

Calling off a mission is not easy. Mountain folk tend to suffer from serious FOMO and have a hard time saying “no” to the peaks, their friends, and the potential for a great time. But, sometimes bailing on an adventure is the right thing to do. Abby Cooper outlines the factors that influence these decisions and provides a mental checklist to help you make the right call. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Adventure is Calling in Jasper

The scariest moment? Those first few baby steps towards the edge. Shaky knees, shallow breath, sweaty palms, the instinct to turn back. What’s the point in going through with it? Somehow, you ignore the fear and find resolve. You stand tall, breathe deeply, and embrace that challenge that was waiting to welcome you all this time. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Making Tracks and Eating Snacks

When the snow is up to your knees and every run ends with you turning to your ski partner in gleeful, open-mouthed astonishment, you know the snow is good. On days like this you just want to keep skiing, so you’re likely to refuel on the ride back up the chair lift rather than ducking into the lodge. Keep your stomach full and your skis on with these easy-to-eat options you can put in your pocket. [...]