Ice climbing will be a cultural event at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games – and MEC Envoy Jen Olson has been chosen to represent Canada in Sochi, Russia. Jen fills us on the sport of ice climbing and explains how World Cup ice climbing is completely different from climbing vertical blue ribbons of ice in the Rockies.
In pursuit of fast corners, wide open singletrack and delicious pancakes, Envoy and outsider Stephen Matthews took a road trip to Kamloops for some late-season riding with a couple of friends.Read more…
MEC Envoy Stephen Matthews took a Ghost Cagua bike out for more than just a test ride. He took it out for a test season. See how it stacked up to different conditions, from long days of climbing singletrack to fast descents on the Shore.
When British Columbia magazine sent me on assignment last winter — to cover the intensive CARDA (Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association) training and validation courses — I had no idea just cool (both literally and figuratively!) the story would be.
Last month, the small town of Kimberley, BC, awoke to its biggest single-day snow accumulation in over two decades. It also happened to be fluffy and light! With the ski hill not yet open for the season, there was only one thing to do: cancel all plans for the week, slap skins on the skis, and start climbing – and skiing. Read more…
A few weeks ago, we asked what pursuits you had on the horizon for 2014. Woven through many of the amazing endeavours you told us about, we saw a definite trend towards training for a specific distance or race. Namely a marathon, Fondo, triathlon, or an extreme obstacle race (like Tough Mudder).
Pop quiz, alpine climbers: Imagine you’re running-it-out on desperately small footholds with one waist-high finger-stack in a disappearing seam. Your other arm’s stretched high above for the only hold offering a rest, when suddenly you realize your jacket is holding you back, leaving you a few centimeters short of the send. What jacket should you have packed instead? MEC Envoy Joshua Lavigne has the answer, and the reasons why.
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.