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The opening pages of Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine contain shorter, inquisitive and eclectic stories about local, national or international mountain culture where anything goes: profiles, adventure, essays, humour, history or oddity.

Would you let your 13-year-old run a chainsaw? From our 20th anniversary issue, here’s the story about hew kid on the block Eli Volp.

When professional Kootenay skiers seek to break world records or shred new lines, they want this man at their side.

For three decades, Lino Grifone has operated the Western Canada School of Taxidermy, teaching students the art of making a life appear eternal.

Fasten your spray skirts and take note of the wet exits because the Clearwater Kayak Festival is wild—in or out of the water.

There are few things to celebrate during a global pandemic, but as our senior writer observes, the demise of the handshake may well be one of them.

Benjamin Graeff is stoked on everything. So when he became the first person to surf all 50 American States, locking in legions of fans along the way, the resulting sponsorship was gravy.

Let’s give thanks no one wears equipment like this anymore. Because as one East Kootenay man recalls, a little NHL helmet can have a big…

In January 2020, four adventurers paddled the Columbia River in -30°C hauling splitboards and looking for virgin lines. This photographic trip is anything but bourgeois.

Fashion icon Coco Chanel once said the best way to lose your cares is to be someone, not something. As our senior writer discovers, these drag performers are sharing that message with people of all ages.

Dr. Suzanne Simard has proven trees communicate with one another. Now she’s leading the Mother Tree project at 75 sites across British Columbia and sharing her research with those in the forestry industry. The question is, will they listen?

With his Braille Mountain Initiative, Tyson Rettie is introducing visually impaired skiers to the backcountry. 

Ray Troll’s paintings have been described as hallucinatory and scientifically surreal. But what do you expect when your muse is 67 million years old.

He’s the creative brain behind the thriving art scene in Revelstoke, British Columbia, and we discover Rob Buchanan is one part artistic tour de force and one part weirdo.

Unsure if that blazing night light was a UFO? Maybe it was one of these extraordinary meteors that has entered British Columbia airspace in the last 20 years.

From audio anomalies to celestial orbs, there is no shortage of Kootenay UFO sightings. Are they hallucinations? Hoaxes? Writer Derrick Knowles gets up close with what is interstellar.

His vehicles teem with painted words and glittery ornaments, yet Fred Tober’s life on the road isn’t always as shiny as his rhinestones.

A team of self-professed high-tech Kootenay hippies is helping build a tower of timber within Vancouver’s glass and concrete skyline.

Ulysse Homier is a second-degree black belt who gets his kicks on high. Now the West Kootenay athlete is preparing for the world championships.

When powder plowers in Bozeman, Montana, see the light, it’s time to shred.

From Shanghai to Salmo to Sin City, BC/DC has earned a reputation as one of North America’s raddest road-tripping tribute bands. It’s been 20 years. And one hell of a highway.