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Featured Photographer: Q+A with Wayne Simpson

Only a few photographers have been published in all three volumes of the Canadian Rockies Annual published to date. Wayne Simpson is one of them. A master of light, drama and unique perspectives, his images are often described as surreal or otherworldly. [...]

Review: Searching for Mary Schäffer

Colleen Skidmore's latest book, Searching for Mary Schäffer, explores the life and works of one of the Rockies' most famous mountain women, and in the process sheds new light on Schäffer's persona, the stories that comprised her exciting life, and the people who crossed her path along the way. [...]

When Creativity Soars – The Canadian Rockies: Rediscovered

Banff-based photographer Paul Zizka isn't shy about speaking out about his struggle to pursue the creative process in the age of social media, where it's easy to follow a recipe and create popular images. His latest book, The Canadian Rockies: Rediscovered, is a testament to that journey and the quest for creativity. [...]

Taking SUP to New Heights: Interview with Sue Shih

One SUP enthusiast has started to venture past roadside lakes, often lacing up her hiking boots to carry her SUP into backcountry regions. Dan Evans interviews Sue Shih about the appeal of venturing off the beaten track. [...]

Event Recap: To the Ends of the Earth

On May 21, 2017, 135 people ducked into the cool, dark space of the Heritage Gallery at the Whyte Museum for a memorable night of stories and images with Banff-based photographer, Paul Zizka. Here's a photo recap, thanks to Kahli April Photography.  [...]

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. [...]

Review – Earth and Sky: Photographs and Stories from Montana and Alberta

Stephen Legault’s Earth and Sky spans 200 pages of stunning images of the Alberta and Montana foothills, paired with captivating narratives of lives that have interacted and developed meaning with these lands over centuries. A conservation activist, writer, and photographer, Legault provides a distinct perspective on the geology and history along the Rocky Mountain front – through national parks, iconic destinations, and everywhere in between. [...]

At What Price: Trailer and Q + A with John Price

In a constantly accelerating world of social media, emerging creative professionals must walk a delicate line when they use these online tools to grow their businesses and promote their craft. Premiering at the 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival, "At What Price," directed by Tommy Day, takes us through this journey with up-and-coming adventure photographer John Price. [...]

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. [...]

Jasper: 6 Awesome Summer Adventure Ideas

What does adventure mean to you? Whether you like to go with the flow, seek a thrill or look to maximize your experiences, one of the best things about adventure is that there is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all.” No matter where you fall on that spectrum, Jasper has got you well covered. As an epicentre of endless activities, it can be hard to sort out where to get started, so we’ve planned out a few simple itineraries to best suit your style (but feel free to pick and choose from the bunch!) [...]

Rethink Wilderness with The Art of Wild

In The Art of Wild, filmmaker Lindsay Marie Stewart interviews five artist-adventurers about the creative life off-the-beaten-track. Beautifully captured in both visuals and narrative, the film gives a window into what a passion-driven life looks like and what it means to sacrifice comforts to live close to nature. Featuring: Jeremy Koreski, Devin Card, Kate Harris, Lynsey Dyer and Jamie Tanner. [...]

5 Ways to Experience the Waterton Wildflower Festival

Waterton Lakes National Park is known as the Wildflower Capital of Canada and celebrates its diverse ecology each June with a week-long festival. Whether you're into hiking, horseback, boating or art, here are five ways to explore the flora of this wildflower wonderland. [...]

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. [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned, with Eddie Hunter

At 90 years old, Eddie Hunter is still skiing harder than most people half his age. People can't seem to get enough of this "Wise Man," so prominently featured in the Sherpas Cinema Sculpted in Time series back in 2015. The spotlight keeps shining and Eddie can't seem to figure out why. Kevin Hjertaas sat down with Eddie to find out what he thinks of his own 'celebrity' status, and what a lifetime in the mountains has taught him. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Photographers Launch Nepal425 Photo Book

After a trekking adventure in Nepal, four photographers found themselves in the heart of the disaster when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the region earlier this year. Together they have formed Nepal425 to raise funds for those most in need in this Himalayan country. Here's how you can help. [...]

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. [...]

Through the Lens: Tranquil Morning

I was on my way to Arnica Lake in Banff National Park, and stopped at Vista Lake en route to do some shooting. The sun was coming in and making for some good light, so I scouted the shore of the lake to find a good shot. This shot presented itself as a reflection composition in a small bay, where lots of dead fall had accumulated. Vista Lake lived up to its name! [...]

Mountain Culture Elevated Photo Challenge Winners

For the month of June, we asked people to submit their photos showing how they were enjoying our mountain environment by using #mountaincultureelevated and @CrowfootMedia on Instagram and Twitter. We had over sixty inspiring entries, demonstrating the best the mountains have to offer: abundant wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and exhilarating outdoor activities. Here is the winning photo, as well a three runners-up! [...]

Through the Lens: Yoho Rollers

In sticky spring conditions our crew was on our way home from a three-day portering mission into the Stanley Mitchell Hut in the Yoho National Park. While travelling out on the Iceline we came across these unique rolls above the Little Yoho Valley. The night before this photo was taken, Ruari Macfarlane had been up all night violently ill with a tummy bug. He thought it was only appropriate to pull this 'stalefish' grab as he sent the last roll. [...]