KMC 34 — The Wicked Issue

November 2, 2018

If something is wicked, it’s bad. Morally, very bad. Evil even. It is fierce and vicious. Marked by mischief, disgustingly unpleasant, and wholly vile. It can cause harm, distress, or trouble: a ferocious storm, a tenacious fever, wild waves, a deadly avalanche. The teenager’s ski boots have a wicked odour.

Because of this, wicked goes beyond reasonable or predictable limits. It is of exceptional quality or degree. She’s a wicked skier. Which, of course, is good to most of us. Morally and visually and internally very good. It is fierce and vicious, the aggressiveness of her skiing. Not mischievous or evil or gross. Definitely not vile. If her skiing goes wrong, however, because it is so wicked, it could cause her harm, distress, or great amounts of trouble. She could crash and burn, tumble into oblivion. That self-inspired duality is the word’s essence, the inextricable connection between polar opposites. The word’s one constant, however, is that it pushes limits to the extreme and, in the end, can inspire exceptional quality. Bad, good, or perhaps in the case of the wicked stories you’re about to read in this magazine, something in between. Enjoy Issue #34. — Mitchell Scott, editor

Read articles and editorial from this issue

Meet Canada’s First Female To Climb Over 10,000′ Mary Vaux

The Witches of the Kootenays

Learn to Climb Now! With Sonnie Trotter

Learn to Climb Now! With Will Stanhope

Learn to Climb Now! With Jon Walsh

Learn to Climb Now! With Jasmin Caton

Parts of Rogers Pass Have Closed Due To Poaching

What’s the Freeride World Tour Really Like?

Her Highness: Mia Noblet Sets Yet Another World Highline Record

Secrets of the Slots – Searching For Tao Canyon

Consumption Junction