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Dive deep into topics, issues and stories from the world of mountain culture. Each publishing cycle is highlighted by a feature well theme, drawing together like-minded by wholly independent stories from some of the best writers and photographers in North America.

Second only to oil as the world’s most-craved commodity, coffee brims with both a rich and a dark history. Lovers of mountain life, in particular, can seem to get enough. So why our enduring jones for java?

With an eye for up-and-coming unknowns and enviro-minded revelry, Fernie’s Wapiti Music Festival has cool culture by the horns.

For the first time in its 50-year history, the Columbia River Treaty is up for renegotiation. CBC journalist Bob Keating examines the history and next steps of the contract between the Kootenays, Canada and the USA in a world more thirsty than ever for the power of water.

We live in a country that was built upon the fur trade. And even though it no longer retains the same commercial importance, it’s still…

From the icy edge of the Arctic Ocean to the heated protests at Standing Rock, North Dakota, an indigenous photographer attempts to understand the relationship…

How did a French-born pâtissier with a Michelin-gilded resumé end up alone in British Columbia’s isolated Lardeau Valley? By mixing the puzzling ingredients of life…

Famed mountaineer Fred Beckey passed away peacefully on Monday, October 30 at the age of 94.  In honour of his memory, we reprint this interview…

Chili Thom was a man of inspiration. He took an unfaltering stand for self-expression, creativity and fun that will forever carry forward in the vibrancy…

From Nike’s Uncle Drew to Jerry of the Day, the video short is a beacon of lucrative metrics in the internet’s marketing landscape. In that…

The silverhaired set is demonstrating its spirit and spunkiness, wit and wisdom lately. And we’re into it – perhaps in part because we aspire to…

The world of mountain culture has lost a pioneer entrepreneur. Whistler’s Chris Prior, founder of Prior Ski and Snowboard Manufacturing, passed away suddenly on Sunday,…

The tumour was discovered. The surgery date set. Then the trip into a world of madness began. This is the story of one woman’s journey…

Think we’re hard core? Eileen Delehanty Pearkes shows us what the Sinixt Interior Salish First Nations people wore to fend off winter’s elements before European contact. Climate…

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…

We had a host of our contributors send in faux (although we’re not entirely sure) questions of the love kind, and then asked our not-so-expert Editor-in-Chief Mitchell Scott pose as a mountain sex guru of sorts. This is what emerged from that strange ether.

Cascadia. It’s not Canada. It’s not America. It’s … better? Given the current political climate of soon-to-be “Trump Nation,” there is a very real movement…

That time of year is finally upon us. Snow is starting to pile up in the hills just as issues of Kootenay Mountain Culture and Coast…

For most of its lifespan, the craft of film-based photography always told the truth. But today, in an age of ubiquitous post-production boosting, the ethics…

The new issues of Kootenay and Coast Mountain Culture Magazines are out and about at a distribution outlet near you (KMC, CMC). For the first…

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…