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There are always issues. From backcountry safety to environmental bureaucracy. We’re not afraid to dig to the core of some of mountain culture’s most pressing issues.

In this article, Aq’am Chief Joe Pierre describes in detail Qat’muk in the East Kootenays and what this sacred place means to him and the…

Patagonia’s Worn Wear program has validated this sheepish feeling I’ve had that my worn-in clothes are actually good enough to wear to work, not just to garden in.

For hundreds of years, a somewhat steamy sect of Indonesian Muslims gathered atop an island mountain to engage in carnal acts of supposed reverence. But…

Many First Nations communities in British Columbia are embracing the Aboriginal Youth Bike Program and developing new singletrack mountain bike trails with the goal of bringing kids…

Two National Geographic photographers and marine biologists are trying to get the Salish Sea, which includes the Strait of Georgia, Puget Sound and the Strait of…

Outdoor Retailer has pulled the plug on Salt Lake City. Led by brands like Patagonia, The North Face, and Arc’teryx who are upset with the State…

The latest Coast Mountain Culture Magazine article about BC’s search-and-rescue program and its funding has sparked media attention. CBC Victoria and CBC Vancouver recently interviewed the story’s author Jeff Davies…

If I am an animal, why isn’t staring out at my natural surroundings enough? I can watch the wind blow, the rain fall, the clouds…

By Michael Kew As shorelines around the world become more crowded, access to the bounty of the beach tightens. In Oregon, a government-mandated right to…

Long before Europeans landed on these shores, the Cascadian Subduction Zone has terrified denizens of the Pacific Northwest. The region has endured six earthquakes of…

For the unchurched among us, finding sacredness in the everyday means not caring about tomorrow. FOR A CERTAIN BREED of self-absorbed thinker, the latest news from…

Tofino’s progressive raincoast education society keeps kids curious about our coastlines.

For over 25 years, a fight has been raging in the heart of British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains. The proposed construction of Jumbo Glacier Resort in the…

Only two years ago, interior British Columbia’s outdoor marijuana industry was the underground economic driver few talked about but many profited from. Today, BC’s green…

Coming to theatres Oct 2015 – Patagonia presents Jumbo Wild – a gripping, hour-long documentary film by Sweetgrass Productions that tells the true story of…

The redneck-versus-hippie debate defines these heady days of mountain culture. To kill or to save? Writer Raymond Schmidt lives in the cultural mountain melting pot…

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…

In his editor’s introduction of the March 2015 issue of Canada’s The Walrus magazine, John MacFarlane bids readers farewell and introduces the publication’s new editor, Jonathan Kay. MacFarlane tells readers they may be surprised to learn Kay didn’t receive an arts education, as they might expect, but that his undergraduate and master’s degrees were in metallurgical engineering.

For those who love winter in the high mountains, loss of snow, increased probability of avalanches and melting glaciers are all fearsome outcomes of climate…

This story originally appeared in the summer 2013 “Home Issue” of Coast Mountain Culture.  The atmosphere is ebullient and nervous. Floating on their knees, seven…