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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.

Parts of Rogers Pass are now closed because of poaching by backcountry skiers. Here’s how Parks Canada is trying to manage the winter masses at this popular area.

Plucked from the pound, these sled dogs are pulling their weight — thanks to a good-hearted entrepreneur.

From Brazil to China to Norway, British Columbia highliner Mia Noblet has spent this past year walking her way into the record books.

How does a small team of snow pros generate comprehensive avalanche forecasts about Canada’s mightiest mountains, every single day, all winter long? Like this.

Jay Sandelin is the owner of Great Northern Powder Guides, a cat-skiing operation near Whitefish, Montana. He also owns a pet bobcat.

Compiled as part homage to a friend and conservation pioneer, a new book showcases the mysterious American desert canyons discovered by legendary East Kootenay photographer Pat Morrow and his fellow dirtbag disciples. Story by Jeff Pew.

Once an icy and somewhat wacky weapon intended for WWII action, Jasper, Alberta’s abandoned Habbakuk hulk is now a deep treasure for divers.

Returning to the scene of a crash that cost him dearly, a former snowboarder-turned-sit skier is nevertheless living it, loving it, and launching it.

He crafts skis from trees he logs. There’s a terrain park in his backyard. Al Eagleton knows he owes serendipity a beer.

Got the nerve to fly a mini-car 180 clicks an hour? If so, make the trip to the historic town of Kaslo, British Columbia.

We revisit a story that first appeared in Issue #12 about a century’s worth of legal subjugation of the Kootenay’s famously illicit lifestyle.

CMC writer Vince Hempsall burns rubber at one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest and toughest raceways — following in the tread marks of his grandfather’s checkered past.

Wedged somewhere between Charles Dickens and Dr. Who, freaky fashionistas are gaining steam in Kaslo and around the world.

From Mushrooms to Huckleberries, the unmonitored harvesting of non-timber forest products for commercial purposes is a new challenge facing lawmakers.

Spurred by a spirit of inclusion for their fellow riders, three Kootenay communities dig wide and deep for bikers downed by not out.

They’re dark, dank and older than the hills. Who wants to save a big ol’ hole in the ground? The Cody Cves crew, that’s who. Bobbi Barbarich dives in.

There are 12 different styles of the sport of climbing. Do you know them all? Here’s a list of the various disciplines within the sport. 

A former Navy SEAL reins in mustangs and the Montana wilderness, hoping to bring peace to veterans still alone at war.

With a deadly disease creeping westward, scientists and government are throwing a lifeline to the bats of Glacier National Park and beyond.

Flights that always land. Fish that fly. A high-minded hub of academia, culture and nature. KMC futurist Fletcher Fitzgibbon touches down in the Kootenay’s next supercity.