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The Ultimate Canadian Rockies Library

Guidebook, handbook, history, photography. The canon of Canadian Rockies literature is as massive as the mountain range that has inspired it. While no list is ever complete, we have curated a list of mountain literature for the bookshelves of every Rockies enthusiast. [...]

Excerpt: Into the Depths

The terror, luck and tragedy of crevasse falls. "I was then lowered into the gaping hole. On one side the ice fell sheer, on the other it was rather undercut, but again bulged outwards about eighteen feet below the surface, making the crevasse at that point not much more than two feet wide...." [...]

Wilderness First Aid Courses in the Canadian Rockies

In Volume 3 of the Canadian Rockies Annual, we featured Wilderness First Aid courses as part of The Kit: Resources for Mountain Living. Here is a round-up of courses on offer throughout the Canadian Rockies, and where to find them. [...]

Facets and Faceshots: Backcountry Learning at Purcell Mountain Lodge

It’s an intensive course that doesn’t feel intense. Like the layers of an unpredictable snowpack, the lessons of an immersive AST 2 course in the backcountry settle gradually. Here at Purcell Mountain Lodge, you don't learn behind a desk. The lessons seep into the stories you swap around the dining table and in the pause for thought on the uptrack, where a few feet to the left makes all the difference... [...]

What Do Avalanche Professionals Do in the Summer?

When wildflowers take over the once snow-covered mountain slopes, avalanche specialists in the Canadian Rockies are far from done their job of keeping us safe. Come summer, many professionals from Avalanche Canada and Parks Canada are still busy with avalanche work. What are they up to when the snow stops flying? [...]

Packing With the Pros: Mountaineering (Lilla Molnar)

Mountaineering requires a fair amount of gear, and between your hard goods and clothing needed for an array of weather, you need to be careful not to leave crucial gear behind. Abby Cooper caught up with ACMG/IFMGA-certified guide, Lilla Molnar, to find out what's in her pack, and her best tips for packing for a day spent high in the alpine.  [...]

Top 10 of 2016: Our Most-Read Articles of the Year

At Crowfoot Media we’re all about getting mountain culture elevated and sharing that passion with other mountain lovers. From wilderness stories to people profiles, the latest in science and stunning photography, we pump out fresh, web-exclusive content on a monthly basis that you won't find anywhere else. Thanks to a wide range of talented and inspiring contributors, here are the articles that elevated people the most this year. [...]

Packing With the Pros: Ski Touring (Eric Hjorleifson)

As backcountry touring rises in popularity, the sport's gear is proliferating left, right and centre. So, how do you choose the best gear? What's been tried, tested and true? We turn to pro freeskier, Eric Hjorleifson, for his rundown on what he puts into his pack for a day out ski touring. Here are his favs (and some sweet hacks, too!). [...]

Why You Should Upgrade Your Avalanche Skills: Q+A with Marty Schaffer

It's hard to come by a better spokesperson for avalanche safety than Marty Schaffer. This ACMG Ski Guide has grown up in the ski industry his whole life, works closely with Avalanche Canada, and now runs his own ski guiding operation, CAPOW - Canadian Powder Guiding. He gives us the low-down on why backcountry ski and snowboard enthusiasts should upgrade their Avalanche Skills Training, what an AST 2 course has to offer, and what the biggest mistakes are that he's seen in avalanche terrain assessment. [...]

Packing With the Pros: Day Hiking (Eric Dumerac)

Many hikers won't think too much about what goes in their pack until something goes wrong on their adventure. Whether it's a First Aid incident or an unexpected night out, your day pack should be fully loaded with items you'll need if your day takes a turn for the worst (or to prevent that from happening in the first place). We called on IFMGA/ACMG Mountain Guide, Eric Dumerac, to show us how he packs his kit. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Don’t Miss Avalanche Awareness Night at The Banff Centre

Touring gear: check. Ski buds: check. Thirst for powder: check. Avy awareness? Here's a chance to learn about avalanche risks associated with backcountry and out-of-bounds travel - featuring presentations by snow safety experts, films from the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, door prizes and a trade show! Presented in partnership with Avalanche Canada Foundation and Canadian Pacific. [...]

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. [...]

Summer Shred Missions in the Canadian Rockies

Without a winter to brag about, many of us have this lingering feeling that winter is still just around the corner. Hate to break it to you friends, but she’s gone. At least until next season, which, fingers crossed, will be a doozy. Until then, contributor Abby Cooper brings us her best suggestions for summer stashes in the Canadian Rockies. [...]

Bear Aware Everywhere

What are the chances that bears and people are on the same trail at the same time? And what are the conditions that lead to a higher chance of encounter? These are just some of the questions that Canmore-based researcher, Sarah Elmeligi, is studying as part of her PhD. In this article, she walks us through the preliminary results of her research, and tells us why people should be prepared for a bear encounter - especially when you're close to a road or town. [...]

The Seriousness of Slackcountry

Each winter, skiers and snowboarders duck the lines that separate in-bounds from out at ski areas throughout Western Canada. Enticed by the untracked terrain beyond the ropes, many do so without avalanche training and the gear that could save their lives if the slope goes for a slide. Here's how you can prepare yourself for your next slip into slackcountry. [...]