Mountain Life Annual is a once-a-year, one-of-a-kind ode to nature-minded folk who seek an honest, intimate connection with planet Earth. Going beyond the typical bravado of outdoor pursuits, “The Annual”—as many call it—is a visual and journalistic celebration highlighting the cultural, political and environmental contexts behind most great adventures. Valuing inspiration over aspiration, The Annual promotes personal connection and deeper resonance in an expanded understanding of the environments we love—and those we wish to protect. Hopefully you’ll be as delighted as we are with our fifth edition: Mountain Life Annual 2017-2018.
A new dam could spell the end of rafting in the Zambezi River’s world-renowned Batoka Gorge. Steve Ogle reports on the voyage currently keeping low-impact tourism alive along the Zambia-Zimbabwe border.
Anthony Bonello and crew required a lot of planes and helicopters to get to the middle of nowhere in Greenland to make a ski film. To assuage their carbon guilt, they brought along a climate scientist researching Greenland’s shrinking icecap. Should they feel any better? That’s up to you.
The Fifth Coast
Few people outside the Great Lakes Basin would ever think of these inland seas as a place to surf. Still, that’s 30,000,000 people; contributing editor Colin Field reports on who’s up for an ice-bucket challenge.
Have you heard of the #SevenColourMountains? Us neither. But millions on social media have. Mountain biker Steve Storey’s high-alpine adventure ride through the Peruvian Andes came face to face with this new tourism reality.
In summer 2016, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society loaned salmon crusader Alexandra Morton their research sailing vessel Martin Sheen RV for a voyage to help bring attention to the impact of fish farms of British Columbia’s wild salmon. Activist Tamo Campos was aboard.
Chris Burkard began his photographic career with traditional surfing, before moving on to the cold, hard edges of that culture; that landscapes have also held his interest is apparent in a portfolio of stunning imagery that is now a global industry.
Te Amo Cochamo
Climber Chris Kalman fell in love with Chile’s remote Cochamó region, an austral version of North America’s Yosemite Valley. Stunning and unique; he figured it was ripe for protection. Unfortunately, the only person whose radar it’s on is a hydro-electric magnate.
Elsewhere in the Mag
Plotting global climate change; questioning the concept of wilderness; photographer Jia Condon’s good day at the office; immersive eco-logic on B.C.’s north coast; turning melting glaciers into photo art; the spirit of Torngat Mountains National Park; getting schooled on animal abuse; reviews of William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life and Vivian Caulfeild’s How to Ski (and How Not to)—plus the Gauchos del Mar, One Year on a Bike, Gord Downie’s Secret Path, beach-trash sculptures, shifting borders in the Alps, and the geometric precisions of a lovestruck fish.
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