Whether it’s a mountain top skiing hut or a off the grid backcountry hut, rammed earth, reclaimed cedar or sod, there’s a good chance you’ll find it in our pages.
Because anything with name culture in it automatically infers art, and because art is that most beautiful intersection between creative energy and perception.
They are the warriors among us. Those who push the boundaries of what can be done, who look at the environment and find that edge few can ride.
We know who they are for a reason. Not that we’re the paparazzi or anything, but the most notable among us are often the most interesting.
The urban landscape, where streets become rivers and buildings mountains. Take an adventure into the wilds of Seattle, Portland, Vancouver and Victoria, not to mention, mountain-hued cities from around the world.
From climate change to snow systems, even basic knowledge as to why our regions do what they do when it comes to weather.
For those who love to rock, we salute you…with a growing cadre of stories that dive to the hear of one of mountain culture’s most spectacular artforms.
Check here for goings on in the outdoor world that might give you the opportunity to win free stuff. Which, we know rarely happens, but hey, it’s fun stuff.
Wolverines, grizzlies, rare river frogs, rubber boas, eagles, crows and every other critter in between. Heck, we’ve even written about the Sasquatch.
It defines us through understanding and expression. Culture represents the boundaries of what we stand for, the direction in which we’re going, the beautiful pieces that make humanity both beautiful and interesting. It’s the music and the art, the movements and the ideas. And it explodes in the mountains.
To the dirt merchants and the road warriors. To the Noblest Invention, humanities most efficient machine, whereby fun, good health and the engine inside come alive.
It’s a monumentally tenuous relationship in this day and age. The environment is what both sustains us and inspires us. In the mountains our natural surroundings are visibly alive, full of inspiration and danger, beauty and catastrophe. We explore everything from animals to geology, the weather to wilderness.
They’re happening everywhere all of the time. From Vancouver to Portland, Calgary, Fernie, Whitefish, Nelson and all points in between. If it’s mountain culture, we’ll try to let you know about it.
There’s a new one every summer it seems. From Shambhala to Squamish, we regularly cover the growing festival scene in the PNW.
Films define our culture on so many levels. Both CMC and KMC often take in-depth looks at film projects that help steer the direction of sport, environment and art.
Spectacular creatures from the deep. From rivers to lakes, rainbows to salmon, our editorial both covers the philosophical side of fishing, and the issues associated with aquatic life.
It’s hard to get deep into the outdoor ether if you’re not well equipped. And never before in the history of all things has there been gear like there is today. We use our team of experienced editors and contributors to help you sort through everything from skis to fly rods in your search for the ultimate outdoor experience.
To refuse the stories of the past is to disregard the headwaters from which we flow. Both magazines regularly investigate the tales of our most influential tributaries.
Laughing saves lives. It’s scientifically proven actually. So, basically, we’re saving you (and us of course).
The legends, both past and present. From climbing pioneer Conrad Kain to Patagonia founder Yvonne Chouinard. Gerry Lopez, Travis Rice, Craig Kelly, Ruedi Beglinger and more. Find interviews and profiles on mountain culture icons from around the world.
There are always issues. From backcountry safety to environmental bureaucracy. We’re not afraid to dig to the core of some of mountain culture’s most pressing issues.
For the river runners among us. Those who feign to fear the rolling thunder of whitewater.
The PNW is home to thousands of lakes. Some big, some small, but they all play a huge role in why this place is so special. Plus, fish are rad.
The visionaries and the trailblazers. Those individuals whose actions and ideas take us forward–whether it be a new backcountry binding or brazen business ideas.
You’d be amazed at the amount of feedback we get from our readers. It’s a testimony to the fact we write about things that strike a chord with people. Whether it’s responses to articles about some hot topic or personal tales meant to add colour to stories we’ve already shared, we’re stoked to hear them. And now, for the first time ever, we have the chance to share those letters! Below are instructions and an easy-to-use form you can fill in and send to us with your thoughts whether good, bad, funny, touching, whatever — we’re just happy to hear from you.
One of the mountain culture’s most pure pursuits. The alpinists of today and yesterday. Those who explored the most inhospitable landscapes on earth.
Need we say more. Those big giant things alive with rock fall and avalanche, where kinetic energy dances with our euphorias and fears.
Quick shot happenings in the mountain culture universe (which is actually quite big). Only sometimes to we go into space.
As the Pacific crashes against the rough and tumble North American coast, we can’t help but dive into the fascinating world of the aquatic. Plus, surfing basically water-born mountain riding.
Explore articles on artists and alpinists, entrepreneurs born of the esoteric, and dirtbags turned debutants–all the funky people home to the peaks and valleys of this world. Join us as we investigate all the interesting bits that make them tick.
It is the process that shapes the rules and boundaries of our society. We dive in, but we don’t do it boring.
Of course, we like to write about people of all walks. Read about both the quirky and the dignified, the humble and the proud. Rest assured, the people of mountain culture are anything but boring.
They represent the circulatory system of our natural environment. And the PNW happens to have some of the most formidable and pristine rivers on the continent. We celebrate their life and investigate their struggles.
Whether by ocean or lake, travel by wind is a glorious, ever-classic pursuit of passion and perfection.
One of the urban landscapes most dynamic endeavors. We chronicle where concrete jungle comes alive, and the PNW has one of the coolest skate scenes in North America.
Two plankers unite! With one of the richest ski cultures outside of Europe, and snow on mountains that stretches for lifetimes, you’ll find great goodness here.
Snowboarding, noboarding, splitboarding, we cover them all–from the sport’s superstars to its most iconic destinations.
Everything from skiing to snowboarding, mountain biking to climbing, fly-fishing to endurance running, sailing, surfing, skateboarding–mountain culture knows no bounds when it comes to the interplay between human beings and the world around us. From iconic athletes to savvy inventors, photographers and filmmakers, we love to dive deep into sport.
Where the mountains meet the sea, you’ll find some of the most interesting surf cultures in the world. With profound similarities to its terrestrially-bound brethren, we regularly chronicle the surf culture of the PNW.
No, we won’t post viral videos of small kids being hit by exercise balls (however much it makes us laugh). Yes, we will post radical videos on everything from surf contests in Tofino, to supremely deep pow edits from Revelstoke.