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.

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….

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…

Though it may be July, and hot as hell, many of us are still dreaming about the next occasion to slide on snow. For the motivated, ski mountaineering season is in fact just shutting down, which makes it a good time to cool off by dreaming about next year’s gear. Here’s what G3’s got in store…

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…

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…

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,…

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