Crankworx is mountain biking’s biggest festival, and brings thousands of riders and spectators from around the world to Whistler, BC. At Crankworx 2014 (August 8–17), a new trail named Micro Climate has been chosen as a stage in the Enduro World Series – and this trail was built by MEC Envoy and NSMB team rider Paul Stevens. Paul’s also racing the Canadian Open Enduro at Crankworx, and we caught up with him to find out more about the trail and the event.
On July 25, MEC launched Homewaters, a multi-year commitment dedicated to preserving Canada’s fresh water from coast to coast. To kick things off we held a contest, asking our Instagram followers to capture their perfect Homewaters moment for the chance to win a NRS Earl 4 Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard and a Jimmy Styks Adjustable SUP Paddle.The response was inspiring—we Canadians really love our lakes and rivers!—so we’ll be featuring “behind the image” posts for our top four favourite shots in the weeks to come. Read more…
MEC Envoy Stephen Matthews is a world class mountain biker. He’s pretty relaxed about most things, but has strong opinions about the features that make a pack right for mountain biking. Here’s his take on the subject.
A few weeks ago, we asked you to tell us your favourite Canadian camping destinations, and the responses came flooding in. From the suggestions we received, here’s a list of 12 Canadian camping destinations to show you some of the amazing places our country has to offer, and maybe inspire you to find a new favourite this summer.
I’m a big fan of solar panels for recharging my e-toys in the backcountry. In theory, at least. In practice, for sea kayaking on the West Coast, they can sometimes be suboptimal. Enter a whole different charging device: the PowerPot. – Gear review by MEC staffer Philip Torrens
We all know the positive effects that physical activity has on us, but running, cycling and hiking can invite stress into joints, ligaments and muscles. This small yoga sequence will help you begin your recovery process after activity. – Post by yoga instructor and Prana Ambassador Steve Krojniewski