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.

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…

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…

Adventurous people and cool stories were on the docket for Golden’s recent second annual Mountain Festival, this year’s theme being “Adventurers of Yesterday and Today.” Held during the May long weekend, National Geographic explorer of the year Will Gadd was in attendance, while local acting ensemble Amuse Troupe brought explorers and adventurers of the past…

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…

Mark your calendars — the Arc’teryx Climbing Academy in Squamish, BC is happening July 10-12, 2015!

Being somewhat of a hipster dufus, I like to wear my VANS everywhere. Weddings, funerals, biking, you name it. So in early March 2015, I had a trip booked to sunny Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where I spend a lot of my time walking the cobble stone streets of this old city, and hiking the hillside…

He’s done with this place. The fickle weather. The giant smallness of it. Everywhere he goes, it seems, there’s a requisite hug, a wave, the soul-crushing exchange of standardized pleasantries. “Fuck the weather, and no, I’m not doing good.” Anonymity. Please. Sure, the tall trees and the clear water and the dark, starry nights, he…

A Norwegian mountain town long cloaked in shadow finally sees the light. Funded by local donations, assorted government grants, and sizeable funds from Norsk Hydro—the company Sam Eyde started—the 51-square-metre, three-panelled Solspeil came to life at the end of October 2013. Installed on a mountain wall about 450 metres above Rjukan, the computer-controlled mirrors capture…

“The Best Jobs in the World wildlife caretaker position has been an absolute whirlwind,” says Snell of his new gig, on what is called the “Galapagos of Australia.” “Kangaroo Island is a gem, an absolute hidden paradise about the size of P.E.I., with just over 4,000 people. There is endemic wildlife everywhere, including rare echidnas…

This evocative multi-touch e-book is a fascinating and interactive foray into Mount Everest culture told by two of Canada’s most eminent mountaineers. Pat Morrow, who became the second Canadian to climb Everest in 1982, and Sharon Wood, the first North American woman to summit the world’s highest mountain in 1986, tell the tale of their…

A dude-turned-dad reflects upon his unexpected urban existence in the Emerald City and finds a silver lining around the crowd. These days I lead two lives. there’s the one in my head that still backpacks and bikes to far-off places, skis four days a week and only uses the latest technical equipment and clothing. Then there’s the real one,…

Humankind has marvelled at the nighttime heavens since time began. From hyper-focused telescopes to lying in a field with our eyes to the skies, we travel time and space to explore why the ceiling of stars speaks to our heart. “The night sky was indigo. Stars hung down around us all the way to the…

A collection of essays from Coast Mountain Culture’s writers that explores how science supports our bodies as we play in the outdoors. Your baby did it. Blue whales, too. How Kimi Werner — culinary crusader, world-calibre spearfisher and ace freediver — mastered the freakish art of apnea, and in doing so lives a tasty and…

With elusive funding and mountains of data required for hypothesis, who can afford the science needed to solve our world’s problems? Maybe you. Born from the days of Newton and Darwin, the Citizen Science movement could make stewards, and perhaps saviours, of us all. The idea of citizen science has been around for hundreds of…

From the floor of the United Nations to the pages of The New York Times, the Harper Government’s war on research, reason and environmental law is being watched by the world. “They told me, ‘You have five minutes to collect important personal things,’” said Sutherland, an archaeologist who had worked with the Canadian Museum of…

From Incan empires to Escobar and Obama, the coca plant has for centuries been deeply rooted in religion, industry and war. Coveted since ancient times for its naturally occurring, almost superhuman properties, it is today maligned and often misunderstood as the world’s most diabolical drug. Of the quarter million known plant species on Earth, only…

As the swifts gather their numbers overhead, human families snack on KFC, or, this being Portland, Tilth-certified vegan picnics washed down by sulfite-free Pinot. At first, you might only notice 50 birds or so. You’re a bit annoyed. Maybe it’s all hype. Within 10 minutes, though, there will be 500. Kinda cool. Over the next…

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