Art, photography, design and editorial converge in a conversation focused on how and why human beings interact with mountain landscapes in the Pacific Northwest and abroad.

Every Labour Day long weekend, a prehistoric lakebed in northern Nevada plays host to an audacious mass of human creativity and celebration of spirit. Some 70,000 followers from around the world travel to Burning Man, including one of our own. Pantless and without judgment, KMC’s Mike Berard turns high-as-hell hoser and tries to find the…

Nothing defines a mountain man like good ol’ cranial shag CHICK REPELLENT. Monasheep. Mullet 180. Amish bling-bling. Whatever you call it, jaw moss is to hillbillies what streams are to mountains: a sometimes seasonal discharge in which testosterone meets keratin protein meets frost. With better insulation than an otter pelt, is it any wonder cranial…

Nelson, British Columbia-based filmmaker Jon Long checks in with a look behind the curtain as he takes us through the making of the local segments of his most recent, and critically acclaimed, film: The Search For Freedom. EPISODE 1 – NELSON, BC, MOUNTAIN BIKING The Search for Freedom film crew finds unique ways to get the…

First off, the Fubars OSX is a downhill/freeride bar, so it comes 780 millimetres wide—which provides tons of damping to your steering, but is pretty close to max so far how wide a bar you might want. The smart move here is that Chromag keeps the taper nice and close to the inside of the bar, which…

Last summer, undeterred by torrential rain and springing ground water, Kurt Sorge opened some of the craziest bike jumps ever built to an elite cast of friends at Retallack Lodge. “These are the best mountain bikers in the world, and they only have one event to ride in,” says Kurt Sorge, motioning at a crew…

With the world all a-Twitter over anything shareable, those hired to sell British Columbia’s adventure-tourism products using brochures and mountain-media advertorials now have to understand impressions, likes and smartphones. But online efforts by the mountain-bike marketeers of Golden and Squamish beg the question: are metrics making money or simply offering cheap clicks? Beads of sweat…

When you need dry, light and durable in the river When it’s too cold to wet wade, yet too warm for the full protection of chest waders, Redington has developed the ideal wader: the Redington SonicDry Pant. Light and Durable These waders are incredibly light and easily compressed into the tiny mesh bag provided, or…

Heli-biking Mount Cartier in Revelstoke, BC Leonardo da Vinci sketched the first helicopter design in the late 1400s. Four hundred years later, Baron Karl von Drais of Germany invented the Dandy Horse, the precursor to the modern-day bicycle. Then, in July 2015, a Revelstoke-based company threw the two vehicles together and added heli-biking to its…

University of Montana glaciologist Joel Harper is breaking new ice in climate science. Working from missoula and Whitefish, University of Montana professor Joel Harper, 49, is one of only a handful of professors in North America that specializes in glaciology. The good doctor studies the relationship between glaciers melting and rising sea level. As a…

The usual adjectives to describe Kiesza’s rise to fame—rapid, dizzying, meteoric—don’t do justice to the surreal magnitude of what the Calgary singer has achieved. In 2014, her breakout hit “Hideaway” debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and the ensuing album reached number one on Billboard’s Dance Chart. Now she writes songs for…

The baseline of the Kootenay freshwater life cycle is populated by millions of one particularly beautiful yet hardy fish: the trout. Close relative to both salmon and char, trout is the common name for nearly 50 different species of freshwater fish that belong to the genera Oncorhynchus, Salmo and Salvelinus, part of the sub family…

As long as an alligator and with the hide of a prehistoric pachyderm, she has lurked the Kootenay River system since before World War I. How a certain super-sized sturgeon is helping scientists in Montana, Idaho and British Columbia understand the very uncertain fate of these deep dinosaurs. Big fish do weird things to people….

The first thing that shines about the Fluid Enduro is how light it is. Compared to even the lightest traditional hiking boots, it feels featherweight. The next immediate thing to note is the fit. Out of the box, the sizing is true to length, but depending on foot size the toe box may feel a…

Evolving from its grassroots groove, the Squamish Mountain Fest celebrates a decade of rock, with a new move or two. Now y’all can get way on up, and get down, too. In 2005, a grassroots rock-climbing tour rolled into Squamish featuring marquee climbing icons like Chris Sharma and Timmy O’Neill. Over the course of a…

A collection of essays from Coast Mountain Culture’s writers that explores how science supports our bodies as we play in the outdoors. Think you know how the bicycle’s magical equation of metal, rubber, gears and grease keeps us moving? Think again. For humans, stuck as we are in our terrestrial forms, the bicycle is quite…

British Columbia’s grizzly bears rule the peak of the food chain. But they’re being left to waste at the bottom of the government’s conservation priority list. Their dwindling population is on the verge of further decline, yet the province still allows them to be slain for sport. Is there still time to spare one of…

Like all the world’s oceans, in neverending motion, the vast North Pacific seems an untapped colossus of clean, sustainable energy. Harnessing that potential is a complex quandary being examined by over 200 companies worldwide. University of Victoria professor Dr. Bryson Roberston, moved by the power of waves since his days as a South African surf…

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