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.
It was nine crazy days of films, books, panel discussions, whiskey-tastings, live bands, and galas. It was jaw-dropping inspiration, rubbing elbows with legends, and making new friends. It was milling crowds, book signings, thoughtful interviews and quiet gatherings over coffee. It was everything you’d expect, and more.
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.
During Leanne Allison and Karsten Heuer’s Finding Farley canoe trip from Canmore to Hudson Bay, they discovered a canoeing utopia in northern Saskatchewan: warm water, nice granite outcrops for camping, superb fishing, and sections of fun and challenging whitewater with good portaging and walking options for kids. And the bugs were rarely bad!
In July 2012, MEC Envoy Sarah Hart suffered a minor mid-life crisis, quit her cushy full-time desk job, and has been on one very long climbing trip ever since. She’s managed to keep her calendar full of adventures, including a trip to the Waddington Range in July, the Sierras in November, Patagonia for the winter, Indian Creek in April, and the Rockies in May.
MEC Envoy and endurance athlete Jasper Blake (not pictured above) took the Hi-Vis Beacon Jacket out for a spin in Victoria, BC. Here’s his take on this new glow-in-the-dark piece designed for running on dark days and nights.
MEC Envoy Joshua Lavigne returned to Baffin Island this summer with his younger brother Delano, hoping to scale some new lines and free some old ones. He recounts how they narrowly avoided a certain and serious epic on Mount Turnweather, and how the roles of student and teacher can be reversed between brothers.