Feature Well

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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.

When skins and sweat are not enough to outrun the crowd, some ski tourers are heading for the sled. Are snowmobiles an inevitable mode of adventure for those yearning to go deeper and farther faster?

The avalanche report said they were god to go. The terrifying outcome of the day should make us stop and think – more than twice.

Death-defying venues. Physical and financial toll. Stacked odds and international big-mountain skiing’s uncertain future. This is life on the Freeride World Tour. Just ask Trace Cooke.

There sure is, bud. But thanks to its nose for toxins and consumer-protection laws, an Oregon lab is helping legitimize the state’s cannabis industry in ways not seen anywhere else.

Determined to dine only on what the sea and forest provide, four cyclists push into the Haida Gwaii bush, foodless.

Thirty years after the world watched British Columbia’s War in the Woods, Clayoquot Sound is stirring with unrest again. Amid Indigenous People’s struggle to steward the land and the resource sector’s goal to employ, a million annual visitors now stream to this delicate place, a land of beauty that was once off the radar but is now off the charts.

They were born on a printing press in a Surrey, British Columbia, garage and tirelessly hawked at trade shows to hunters, hikers and horse lovers. Twenty-five years and two million copies later, Backroad Mapbooks have led bush lovers down happier trails.

Amid exploding molars, societal decay, and a Mayan microclimate, a volunteer British Columbia dentist searches for the root of it all in Guatemala.

An excerpt: How the builders of boards and bikes are tackling the issues of sustainability and consumer consciousness. By Ryan Stuart.

Washington state curbs development of Atlantic salmon farms but British Columbia continues to play along in the face of First Nations defiance. This is why.

Down Syndrome may offer a deeper glimpse into the joyous essence of the human spirit. A Squamish-based writer shares insights about her muse: Adele.

Daring diarrhea, lactic acid and thin air, writer Ryan Stuart visits a Vancouver Island expat to ride the single-yak trails of the Tibetan Plateau.

Michelle Shewell is a drug-safety volunteer and long-time raver turned saver. Writer Jeff Pew has a chat with her about drugs, festivals and saving lives.

Forest-fire ecologist Robert Gray knows more than most when it comes to forest fires. So why is his expertise going unheeded? Veteran CBC journalist Jeff Davies investigates Gray’s know-how, and the naysayers.

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…