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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.

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.

Rosslanders and Red Mountain pay high praise to Ardis Urquhart, a community crusader lost too soon.

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.