Last night I went to see Cecilie Skog present at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Among many incredible expeditions, this inspiring adventurer has reached the 7 Summits, the summit of ...
One of the best things about Banff National Park is the access it offers to camping experiences for outdoorsy folks of all kinds, whether they’re keen to pitch a tent at a roadside campground or eager to hike to a more distant campsite. For campers willing to put in a bit of work, here are my recommendations for some of the best backcountry campgrounds in Banff National Park!
When I got a copy of The Ultimate Survival Manual (Canadian Edition), I was expecting it to be entertainingly macho and a bit silly. I was surprised, however; while I took issue with some of the author’s suggestions, I found there was also some good information in the manual. For the most part, the manual contains useful tidbits, especially in the chapters on Wilderness Survival and Natural Disasters, but I am worried that some of the tips may make a bad situation worse for those who don’t know what they are doing already.
After an accident in the only truly wild area remaining of Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park, officials decided the only answer was to restrict access to hikers. Avid outdoorsman, Doug Urquhart, writes about the impact this restriction had on his own outdoor experience, and questions the necessity of the tactics used to warn the public.
The 2013 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is coming up at the end of the month, and they have just announced the category winners from their Book Competition!
For many people, winter gives us more time indoors, hunkered down with a cup of tea and a good book. Or, if you’re like me, you like lugging your latest read in your backpack to enjoy by the wood fire in an alpine hut. If you’re looking for some new suggestions for exciting mountain literature, check out these award-winning books – all up for grabs for the Grand Prize, to be announced at The Festivals.
For writers, wilderness experiences often go well beyond the immediacy of the moment. These experiences unfurl in the subconscious, weave deeply through the recesses of the mind and – with focus – emerge as a tapestry of sentences and paragraphs that question, symbolize, celebrate, or canonize our relationship with the physical world. Such is the work found in the premier anthology of Banff’s Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program, Rock, Paper, Fire: The Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing.
The Campsite gear tester, John Reid, goes rowing, then hiking, skips the shower and hopes that one of these Action Wipes can get him through a wedding reception. Do they hold up or does he end up dancing alone?
I didn’t know much about ECCO when a PR company contacted me about reviewing a pair of their trail runners. But even just a small amount of research revealed just how popular this company is. Originally started in Denmark, they now retail all over the world and are a leader in the field when it comes to innovation and design. They also piqued my interest by offering me to try a totally pink shoe (I’m a sucker for colour) in a new model launched this past summer: the ECCO BIOM Ultra Quest. I agreed to test-drive these shoes, and I’m glad I did.