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!

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 ...

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 Life Rocked by Mountains, by Barry Blanchard. This fact is a testament to Blanchard's reputation, his impressive climbing ...

Latest Book and Gear Reviews

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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 ...

Review: Solar Powered Lights – SunBell and Little Sun

SunBell and the Little Sun are creative, versatile and attractively designed solar ...
The TrekSta Women's Alta GTX at the top of Tunnel Mountain in Banff. Photo Meghan J. Ward.

Review: TrekSta Women’s Alta GTX

I met a rep from ROI Recreation Outfitters at the Banff Mountain Film and ...

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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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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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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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Special Announcement: The Campsite Finds New Owners

Originally posted on Meghan J. Ward:
Back in January 2011 I had a vision: to create an online community that would facilitate discussion about the outdoor lifestyle and the inner journeys we experience there. To give budding writers, or those wanting to hone their skills, a home for their words. To network with the outdoor industry…

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David Lama sits in his tent on December 1st 2013 // Manuel Ferrigato / Red Bull Content Pool

David Lama Presents Cerro Torre at the Banff Mountain Film Festival

Reinhold Messner called Maestri’s bolting rampage “the Murder of the Impossible”. But, the controversy doesn’t end there. In 2009, young Austrian climber, David Lama, set forth to free climb the mountain, and a Red Bull Media House film team accompanied him to document what would be a historic ascent. Encumbered by heaps of controversy over Lama’s abilities and the film crew’s actions, it took two additional attempts for Lama to free climb the mountain. This is the subject of Cerro Torre: A Snowball’s Chance in Hell.

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