Six-year-old Emma has some hard-hitting questions about Santa for her parents F-X and Cécile. After all, the whole family is on a cycling and climbing trip around the world, so there’s no home address, no mantle for stockings, and no chimney for Santa (unless he’s into climbing). Get a sneak peek at how MEC Envoys F-X and Cécile will make the holidays happen for Emma while they’re on the road, along with some tips on cycle touring with kids.
MEC Community Program Manager Andrew Stegemann is on a quest for backcounty powder turns, so he took an Avalanche Skills Training Course. Find out what you can learn in an avalanche course, and get the scoop on the new CAC mobile app to help you stay safe in the backcounty.
When Arc’teryx challenged MEC to a trail building competition, we jumped at the chance to get dirty… plus we couldn’t resist a little friendly competition. So on November 17, dozens of MEC staff and supporters met up with the NSMBA to dig, grub and mine for gold on the North Shore. Our goal was to build more trail than Arc’teryx over a few hours. How’d we do? Find out below. Photos by Pure Souls Media. Read more…
Nancy Hansen is on a quest to climb all of the 50 classic climbs of North America. To date, she’s completed 46 of them – more than anyone else. One of these, the East Buttress of Middle Triple Peak (VI 5.9 A3), has yielded some unforeseen problems for her not just once, but twice. Nancy takes us through her most recent East Buttress attempt, and how she and her climbing partner made the best of an unexpected situation. Read more…
Bad weather, rising water, and canyon walls nearly 10 stories high made up just one part of Tyler Kydd and Daniel Wong’s expedition in the Northwest Territories. The other parts of their trip? Trekking up rocky slopes through grizzly and caribou territory, and transforming their canoe into a catamaran. Here’s a taste of their 500-km paddling and hiking adventure along the Natla and Keele rivers. Expedition report by Tyler.
Last winter, MEC Envoy Chris Christie was one of six pro photographers competing in the Deep Winter Photo Challenge at Whistler Blackcomb, North America’s largest ski resort. Competition aside, the time Chris spent in Whistler skiing and shooting photos with his friends Kris Cormier, Dominic Melanson, and Matty Richard — aka ‘the Ragin’ Cajuns’ — was the highlight of his winter.
Writer Penelope Buswell and MEC Envoys Tobin Seagel and Chris Christie set out to ski the wilderness surrounding the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. They discovered a place where unpredictable weather sets the agenda.
MEC Running Envoy Ed McCarthy is as comfortable in Nordic ski boots as he is in trail running shoes. He spent years as acompetitive ski racer, so he’s got a solid grip on how you can improve your kick and glide this ski season.
What do you do when one of your best friends dies doing something you both love? Paddle to the Ocean is musician Zac Crouse’s attempt to answer that question. It’s a powerful documentary about how Zac toured his last album from Ontario to Nova Scotia by sea kayak and bicycle as a way to pay tribute to his buddy – and to heal.