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.
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!
MEC is a proud supporter of the NSMBA’s Trail Adoption Program and since the spring of 2012 has been working hard with NSMB.com and RockShox on improving the Expresso bike trail on Mt. Fromme in North Vancouver. After 18 trail days, the work is almost complete and the highly eroded, expert only original line now has a more intermediate-friendly parallel line that is fun for everyone to ride. The trail crews involved are proud of the result!
Veteran climber Gord Betenia doesn’t suffer fools – or foolish design – quietly. That’s why we love having him as our Field Testing Coordinator and Lead Gear Tester at MEC. If something’s not cutting it, he’s not shy about saying so.
This fall, during the fabulous month of Rocktober, I had the opportunity to climb in Yosemite Valley with my good friend and long-time climbing partner, Simon Meis. Simon and I have made numerous trips to Yosemite together, and over the last decade, we’ve managed to climb on some of the world’s great cliffs as a team. Read more…
I’ve tested a pile of MEC gear this winter. Plenty of reviews will follow, but the first piece that particularly stood out to me was the Uplink 2 Pullover. It felt great the moment I pulled it on, and I’ve worn it almost nonstop ever since. I’m a big fan, and here’s why:
Are there any Sarah Harmer fans in the house? [Cue wild, Canadian cheering.] This is your chance to contribute to a new video featuring her music that Canadians across the country are working on, together. The Big Wild has launched Drawn to the Wild and, so far, the reaction from MEC members has been fantastic.
Drawn to the Wild is an interactive online project in partnership with Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer, Mountain Equipment Co-op, and The Big Wild.
This project invites Canadians to contribute to a new version of a Sarah Harmer music video and support the protection of part of the Niagara Escarpment at the same time. Inspired by The Johnny Cash Project, Drawn to the Wild aims to raise awareness about threatened Canadian landscapes.
Each time you submit a frame, The Big Wild and Mountain Equipment Co-op will donate 25 cents to Sarah’s Protecting Escarpment Rural Land (PERL), an organization dedicated to protecting Burlington’s Niagara Escarpment in southern Ontario. When enough drawings have been submitted, we’ll release the new, remixed video.
We’re encouraging Canadians across the country to visit Drawn to the Wild and celebrate conservation efforts underway to protect Ontario’s Escarpment through this creative process.