First light. First tracks. It’s a manta for those hungry enough to break trail to reachuntouched backcountry snow. But with this very specialized love comes the need for a specialized clothing system,one thattakes into account the terrain, the uphill push ofsetting the skin track in snow up to your knees and therewardsofskiing long runs in pure, alpine powder.
Snow midway up our minivan’s tires was not how I expected our summer weekend to start. But we were determined to find the quintessential summer camping experience and no amount of getting lost, getting stuck, or being cold was going to stop us. – Story by MEC staffer Jess
As much as climbing has taken MEC Envoy and accomplished alpinist Sarah Hart to some impressive heights, it’s ultimately what keeps her grounded in life and on the rock. Fresh off a two-year climbing sojourn in BC, the US and Patagonia, Sarah is back home in Squamish, where inspiration comes from her long-term climbing partners, her desire for the flow state and the reality of living in a place with challenges stacked in the backyard.
Why paddle a stand up board from Vancouver to Victoria? MEC Envoy Bruce Kirkby reveals why he tackled this trip, and ponders why adventure matters in the award-winning short film The Questions We Ask by Kalum Ko. It’s intriguing, beautifully shot, and may stir up a few adventures of your own.
Envoy and elite runner Marilyn Arsenault knows the power of a day off. As a coach and professional athlete, her days are often tightly scheduled and her time’s often spoken for. So when the opportunity for an “active” rest day comes up, she revels in it and heads outside to move without the intensity or demands of her everyday schedule. On a recent day off, Marilyn hit the trail at Gowlland Tod Provincial Park to set her own pace, get off the grid, and connect with friends.
Janna, one of our apparel designers, gives us the inside scoop on what women can look forward to with MEC’s spring 2014 Active Life collection. These performance pieces are made to mix and match, so you can put together fun, vibrant combos that work for running, stretching, climbing or cycling.
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…
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…
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.