Each month we will be sharing stories from explorers in the Kootenays! This week we featured Andy Brown. Andy is an eastern Canadian transplant who fell in love with the mountains and never looked back. He currently resides in Golden where is spends his winters skiing as much as possible and his summers biking, hiking and camping.
To see more of Andy’s photography be sure to view his Instagram feed: Andy Brown.
1) Why do you love living in the mountains?
The best part of living in the mountains is everything I love doing is right on my doorstep and a new adventure is always just around the corner. People travel from all over the world just to see them, and I am one of the lucky ones who gets to show them how special this place is.
Skiing in the Dogtooth Range of the Purcells, near Golden, BC
2) How does our wilderness inspire you?
The wilderness inspires in two ways. The first is with its beauty, every day is different, as the seasons and weather changes so does the landscape making for a unique experience even if you’ve been to that same location 100 times. The second is it’s mystery, I always want to get to the top of the next peak or around the next bend to see what lies ahead.
Hiking in the Asulkan Pass in the Rogers Pass (west of Golden, BC)
3) Describe your perfect day in our backcountry?
That’s a tough question because my perfect day changes with the season. In the winter hands down it’s a bluebird powday, which can be several days after a storm. There is no panic to get to a run before anyone else you get to travel at your groups pace and really soak in the beauty that surrounds you. In the summer it’s getting off the grid for a multi-day hike and camping in a remote location.
Backcountry skiing the Dogtooth Range
4) What is a place or experience that you would suggest a new visitor "must do"?
For anyone who is new to Golden the first thing they should do it go to the top of Mount 7 to watch a sunset. It doesn’t require a lot of effort because you can drive right to the top but the views of town, Columbia Valley, Purcells and Rocky Mountains gives everyone who better appreciation of how beautiful the area is.
Sunset views atop of Mount 7, high above Golden, BC
5) What is the your area's best-kept secret?
The best kept secret in my opinion is the access that the forestry roads give you the wilderness. Some give you access to just below the alpine and open up a whole new world of exploration.