Month: August 2014

Downtown Fernie, British Columbia. Photo courtesy of Tourism Fernie

Fernie, BC – Adventure in the Canadian Rockies is Closer Than You Think

Fernie became my new favorite word for several weeks this summer. I really couldn’t stop talking about it, to the eventual annoyance of my wife who had to endure the brunt of my endless ranting and raving.  I had always thought Fernie was too far away, but the real barrier was the fact that I …

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Jared Shear's rendition of the permanent snowfield in Melissa Basin keeps things in perspective. Photo: Sandy Compton

Wild Art: The Scotchman Peaks Extreme Plein Air Expedition

During the artists’ reception for the 2008 Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Plein Air Paintout, Aaron Johnson and Jared Shear approached organizer Neil Wimberley with a few words: “We want to paint in the back country.” Neil pointed at me and said, “Talk to him.” They did, and the Extreme Plein Air was hatched. The Paintout, parent …

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OTM Editor Derrick Knowles doing what he loves most, hiking.

A Long Walk

A serious, full-time hiker friend of mine, Dick, who also goes by the trail name “Hike On,” shows up in town every year or so to visit family and friends between long strolls in the backcountry. He has thru-hiked all three of the major American long-distance trails: the Appalachian Trail back east; the Continental Divide …

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Bands and Brews on the Mountain: Party Down at Schweitzer’s Fall Fest (Aug. 30-Sept. 1)

This could be your last chance for a taste of summer in the mountains this season. Schweitzer’s 22nd annual Fall Fest on Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) celebrates the end of summer with music, local brews, tasty food and fun for the whole family. Ride the chairlift, take in the spectacular views, catch the …

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