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Category description for Kootenay. Art, photography, design and editorial converge in a conversation focused on how and why human beings intersect with mountain landscapes in BC and around the world.

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.

The town of Ymir (pronounced “Why-Mer”) has always been small. It’s been around for 120 years but the current population is only 400. Except for the second weekend…

The crew at the SilverStar bike park in Vernon, British Columbia, just released a sick vid featuring a downhill mountain biker versus a skier on the…

Mountain guide David Lussier has spent more time in Valhalla Provincial Park than any other rock climber. Now he’s working on an alpine rock guidebook…

An Oregon startup called the Renewal Workshop is seeking to cultivate the next sustainability movement one blown-out zipper at a time. Story by Geoff Nudelman….

It was a golden moment for Selkirk College and rural post-secondary education when the new book “Journeys Taken: The First 50 Years of Selkirk College”…

Benjamin Jordan is the first paraglider to journey from Vancouver to Calgary, Pacific to prairie, over the mountains of British Columbia. This is the story of…

Louis Bockner wrote and photographed the article “One Sweet World” in the latest issue of Kootenay Mountain Culture magazine. (Get your copy now ’cause they’re…

These boots saved one of our editor’s lives. And we’re only kind of kidding. Here’s Clare Menzel’s honest review of the Oboz Sawtooth Low Waterproof Boot….

After a couple of bad breaks, an upstart East Kootenay angler learns the river’s ropes and finds revival in the currents. All thanks to the…

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…

We asked our online editor to wear Smartwool base layers for an entire week while on a backcountry ski trip. He was instructed never to remove…

Professional snowboarder Austin Smith lived in his fire truck at Mt. Bachelor this past ski season. In this video he describes what it was like….

Kaj Gyr of Nelson, British Columbia has always impressed us with his inventions, and his latest handiwork is no exception. Called the Slopedeck, it’s a cross between…

Imagine a big backpack that stores all your backcountry ski and camping gear but is also compact enough for day missions when you’re out there. Introducing…

Click to see full imageWHEN I SAW THE CRACK splinter out from the tip of my ski like a bolt of grey lightning ripping through a perfect white canvas, I was elated. I had trained the past five days for this moment and now, finally, I had caused an avalanche.Conditions were ripe. It had snowed about a half metre in the past week and the temperature had suddenly warmed from a constant -15°C to near zero overnight. We were being cautious but my classmate and I still wanted to see what it was like to

Over the last 20 years, the backcountry has seen a massive spike in use. From sledders to shredders, on any given winter day, we’re out…

We got tired of people asking for the shirts off our backs and the hats of our noggins. So we opened an online store. If…

In this review we look at the ultimate backcountry freeride combo: the Arc’teryx Sabre jacket & Stinger Bib pants. The shred season may be winding…