Outdoor Adventure

Off-the-beaten-path adventures and athletes in the Canadian Rockies.

Are You Avi Aware?

Whether you are ducking under the fence for a few lines or touring in the backcountry, travel in mountainous terrain comes with risk.

Larch Madness!

CODE YELLOW! It’s that two-week period in September where the larch trees are basically the best things since Birkenstocks.

Slippery When Wet; Cutting Teeth (and Shins) on Bow Valley Trails

Chloe is the proud, new (and slightly scraped up) owner of a mountain bike.

The One Rule of Summer

Summer is around the corner. It’s time to prepare your 2013 sunny and warm ‘to-dos’ before it’s too late!

Searching for Wilderness in the Great Bear Rainforest

See the beauty and untamed wildness of the Great Bear Rainforest for yourself in this eight-minute video made by a group of three Canmore friends.

Sneak Peek Inside Elevation Place

Doors open on April 2, 2013 and there will be three full weeks of free access to all of the facilities at that time.

Hiking Windtower: One of the Best Viewpoints in Kananaskis Country

By guest writer, Craig Copeland The Windtower — if you glimpse it while driving the Trans-Canada just south of Canmore — looms like a monster in a child’s nightmare. It’s so sharp and vertical that hiking to the summit seems laughably impossible. Yet Windtower is hikeable from the other side. Starting at Spray Lakes Reservoir, a trail ascends to West…

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How To Ski from Canmore To Banff via the Goat Creek Trail

Cheap Purchase Goat Creek should be on everyone’s winter bucket list. Cheap Goat Creek Trail from Canmore to Banff is a great classic cross-country ski of about 19 km with a net downhill.  Conditions this year are fantastic; the big downhills have good snow coverage and are not icy. The trail connects with the Spray River Loop trail in Banff…

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Voices of Adventure: Behind the Scenes with Geoff Powter

It requires a unique combination of talents and guts to conduct an engaging, live interview on stage in front of a crowd of 330 people. As a writer, climber and psychologist, Geoff Powter has perhaps the perfect blend of skills and experience to pull it off. One of my favourite events at the Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival each year…

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Sweet Rinks in the Rockies

…with snow removal! Skating outside on a clear day in the Rockies is a great way to get some exercise and breathe in some cool, crisp mountain air, surrounded by the beauty of snow-covered mountains. The costco pharmacy prices levitra 52 Winter 2012/2013 issue of Highline Magazine describes local natural rinks.  However, should conditions not be right for natural rinks…

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The Long Weekenders

You can feel it on the Wednesday, but only if you’’re really paying attention. The air sits a little heavier on your skin, and if you listen very, very carefully, you can make yourself believe you hear it… a soft buzz in the air. It’s a sign. A sign that the long weekend is approaching. And with it comes the…

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All About Larches

“And now for something completely different. . . the larch.” So goes the Monty Python skit. And biologists agree: the larch is different. Larches are one of only a few deciduous (seasonally dropping leaves/needles) conifers (pinecone bearing trees). The needles on larch trees change colour from green to yellow and look particularly vibrant against a clear blue sky. September is…

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7 Ways You Can Volunteer in Banff National Park

Does Banff National Park hold a special place in your heart? Looking for a way to contribute to your mountain community? Consider getting your hands dirty by volunteering with the Banff National Park Volunteer Program! 7 Ways You Can Volunteer in Banff National Park Trail Reports –- let Parks Canada staff know about the conditions of your favourite mountain biking…

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Learning to Climb in a Climbing Mecca: 5 Resources in the Bow Valley

Do you climb?  The list of outdoor activities that draw people to the Bow Valley is as long as the Bow River. Ascending its way to the top of that list is rock climbing, an outdoor pursuit that anchors, and sometimes dominates, the social and recreation time for local residents. What if you are currently a non-climber and would like…

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Avoid the Crowds in Canmore

best places to buy generic viagra The long weekend season is upon us. Are you ready to travel local? My gut filled with dread as Victoria Day long weekend approached like a charging grizzly. A sequence of promising emails, potential itineraries and possible plans flowed through my inbox and mind. Each one kicked my heartbeat up a notch. What were…

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Wild Bill Peyto’s Lost Cabin, by Mark Zanetti

Wild Bill was a mountain man to the core, the kind of guy who would bring a lynx to a bar, set it loose, and sit back and laugh while mayhem ensued. Local adventurer and writer Mark Zanetti sets out on a mission to discover Bill’s legendary “lost” cabin and learns a little bit about himself in the process… Open…

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Blossoming Into Spring in the Rockies

Spring has sprung. The foothills and valleys are awash in a diverse array of green; the colour of renewal, fresh energy and new beginnings. The vibrant chartreuse of fledgling tamarack highlights large swaths of deep forest-green spruce. Lavender Prairie Crocus, fuchsia Moss Campion and cream Mountain Avens peek up through the scree, if you take the time to notice. We’ve…

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Bear Spray Gone Astray

Barry Blanchard, local alpinist and mountain guide, was recently criticized in the media for neglecting to have his bear spray with him when he ran into a grizzly bear. He and his client subsequently spent four hours huddled in a tree near Lake Louise, fending off the bear. In Barry’’s defense, after hearing the confessions from some locals involving accidental…

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Finding My Range: Diabetes in the Mountains

I have Type 1 Diabetes. Since being diagnosed in 2000, I have been thinking like a pancreas and managing my own blood sugar homeostasis, constantly working to keep my levels within an acceptable range. Maintaining this balance is a full-time, around-the-clock, juggling act of food eaten, insulin administered and exercise (or lack thereof) completed. Other factors, such as hormones, stress,…

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8 Adventure Photography Tips

Many folks leave their photo gear at home when heading out on mountain adventures, be it a half-day hike or a multi-day mountaineering trip. This is unfortunate, as getting away from the vehicle opens up limitless photographic opportunities. Here are a few tips that will hopefully convince you to bring a little more gear along to document your own adventures….

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