A Few Things to Ponder {trail mix}

Hello hello! We thought we would provide a wee update on our “taking the reigns” of the Campsite. 1. We are updating our media kit with some fun and innovative ways to ...


Meet Jen and Alannah, New Owners of The Campsite

It really is a happy start for us this early in 2015 as we prepare to embark on a new journey - this adventure called The Campsite. Are we excited? ...

My friends and I looking out over Myosotis Lake in the Skoki Region. (Photo from Meghan J. Ward collection)

The Campsite’s Top 10 Posts of 2014

It has become a tradition here at The Campsite to do an annual round up of the top posts at the end of each year. It gives us a glimpse ...

Latest Book and Gear Reviews


Review: The Tower – A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre, by Kelly Cordes – Patagonia Books

“Climbing is not a democracy. It never has been. That’s one of ...
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Review: Polygiene Treatment and WoolX Top

Layer like an onion. I learned this lesson many years ago when ...

Gear Review: Hi-Tec Altitude Pro RGS

Check our latest review by John Reid about the full-leather Hi-Tec Altitude ...
Sierra Designs Long Sleeve Cowl Neck

Review: Sierra Designs Long Sleeve Cowl Neck

When I started climbing and camping, ‘polypro’ was all the rage, but ...
Lightning 2 UltraLight Sierra Designs Tent

Review: Kelty PDA Sleeping Pad and Lightning 2 UL Sierra Designs Tent

We got to test two interesting products for backpacking: a sleeping pad ...
Tim Friesen planting ice picks and crampons into the exit bulge of the Andromeda Strain—ice that had never been touched by man. Canadian Rockies. Photo: David Cheesmond

Review – The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains, by Barry Blanchard

Few climbers' memoirs have been as highly anticipated as The Calling: A ...

Latest Articles

Jen Olson

Interview with IFMGA Mountain Guide Jen Olson

Jen Olson, an ACMG IFMGA Mountain Guide since 2008, is one of the few women in the trade. Still a field dominated by men, mountain guiding means you are versed in all things alpine, being it summer or winter, rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering and ski-mountaineering.

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Icebreaker Base Layer Giveaway

The Campsite is excited to be partnering with Icebreaker to give away five long-sleeve base layers from their Simon Beck collection!

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Get 40% Off the Scrubba™ Wash Bag

An ultra-portable washing machine, the Scrubba can be purchased on for $59.95. The Campsite readers will receive 40% off when they purchase the Scrubba on between November 17th and 19th.

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Valley Uprising

Yosemite Valley Rock Climbing Film Wins 2014 Banff Mountain Film Competition Grand Prize

Valley Uprising has won the Grand Prize at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. The greatest untold story of American counterculture is that of the Yosemite Valley rock climbers. For 50 years, Yosemite’s cliffs have drawn explorers to venture on the high, lonesome granite.

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Will Gadd - Frozen Titans

Three Rockies Climbers Inspiring the Next Generation

The “Nine Epic Days” of the Banff Mountain Film Festival are done, with the Best of the Festival being screened last night. It was an incredible week of mountain inspiration and I am here today to talk about three locals who made me proud to live here in the Canadian Rockies.

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Voices of Adventure: An Interview with Sandy Allan and Rick Allen

The next time you feel like you’re getting too old for outdoor adventure, keep Sandy Allan and Rick Allen in mind.

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Radical Reels

Radical Reels: A Banff Mountain Film Festival Tradition

My second evening at the Banff Mountain Film Festival was at the coveted Radical Reels, “an annual highlight, and a Banff tradition” of extreme sport films, explains the film festival program. They screened thirteen movies on Tuesday night and while I didn’t love them all, the program was like the weather in Alberta: if you don’t like a movie, wait five minutes and a new one will come!

Nonetheless, it was a super fun and very entertaining evening, starting with Josh Dueck, Sochi Paralympic gold medalist and the MC for the night, sponsors’ cool prizes, the announcement of the local Mountain Idol, a super fun flash mob, and the public vote for the best movie. Apparently, my taste followed the audience and we all chose Sufferfest 2 as the best movie of the night.

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