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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.

Talk about tales from the gripped. Paraglider Benjamin Jordan shares his first-hand reports from a record-breaking sojourn waaaay above the Rockies.

Last spring, Nelson’s two main interests came together with the creation of his first-ever skateboard made from repurposed spalted maple and a turquoise epoxy.

Private skate sanctuaries can still be found in the Kootenays: a ramshackle barn in a field, a decrepit garage on a main street, an empty pool in a subdivision. Here are 5 such spots where the décor may not always be pretty, but the vibes are divine.

Revelstoke, British Columbia’s Luna Festival unites newcomers, old-timers, artsy-smartsies, and adreno-bingers in the name of art, wonder, and a little extra economic growth.

Surf Anywhere got its break on the Kananaskis River, but today the river-surfing company is creating waves around the world.

Behold bellyaking, a new river-borne adventure that begs the question: why hang ten when you can hang twenty?

Every May, motorheads converge on Canal Flats, British Columbia, for some good ol’ cut and chase.

TV personality and angler Don Freschi was born and raised in Trail, British Columbia, and has fished waterways around the world. His favourite? The Columbia River of course.

In 1900, Mary Vaux became the first woman to reach a peak over 10,000 feet in Canada when she summited Mount Stephen. Her work with glaciers has been invaluable and her photographs of various plant species are now archived in the Smithsonian.

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.