Outdoors

Coal mining in the Elk Valley has been a way of life for over 100 years. Despite this rich heritage, few of us spend much time thinking about it. Mining was not always the job it is today. It was dangerous, backbreaking work.

Last week, the TransRockies Race Series announced its plans to bring back the seven-day TransRockies Classic stage mountain bike race, starting in Panorama Mountain Resort and ending in Fernie, BC. Originally called the TransRockies Challenge, it was first staged in 2002 and ran continuously through 2013 with Fernie holding either the start or finish each year. The TransRockies Classic, which will be hosted in alternating years to the Singletrack 6, features epic point-to-point crossing of the Rockies on trails, remote tracks, and forest roads, with daily distances up to 100km.

From comfortable air temperature controlled indoor climbing gyms to the imposing and exposed mountains of the Alps, there is an environment and style of climbing out there for everyone curious about the sport.

There’s nothing much more curious to many than the desire to run. Up mountains or down mountains, early in the morning or through the night, in the scorching heat or in a torrential downpour.

To no surprise, from June through September I never take a lot of time to slow down, another new hike or trail beckoning me, another Wapiti Music Festival echoing off Fernie Mountain through town, pulling me in with its ever-epic lineup. Until recently, when I discovered an adventurous activity that forces me to relax—paddle boarding.

Are your curious about hiking and where to take in the some of the best views in Fernie? A great option is Fernie’s newest trail found at Island Lake Lodge.

When the sun stays up late, and going barefoot is the walk of life. When an afternoon bevy turns into an evening beer, turns into a late night dance and a bike ride home, with the warm breeze flickering between my hair. Summer is the best time of year.

Racing bikes has been a huge part of Tom Gibson's life for as long as he can remember.

My bucket list is made of mountains. Mountains I've yet to climb but hope to, ones with deep-blue lakes and jagged ridges, where the summit leaves you feeling infinite.

The Fernie Little Ripper Trail Passport is a series of skill/age appropriate mountain bike challenges. The goal is to ride the trail, find the checkpoint sign, and record the animal found on the sign in this booklet. Complete four challenges during the mountain bike season and receive a Fernie Little Ripper badge at one of Fernie’s local bike shops. If you are in for a big challenge try and complete all of the rides.