One of the most important decisions to make when buying a mountain bike is the type of suspension to choose. The University’s long history in mountain study extends from the establishment of the Banff Centre in 1933 to present work on glacier biochemistry, for example, or the Mountain Cairns monograph series on Rockies’ history and culture from the University of Alberta Press.

If there is a high risk of an avalanche due to the local conditions, the leader of a climb has to be prepared to turn back ‘ this can be difficult to do when great effort has been put into reaching the higher parts of a mountain, and frustrating as well because without someone as a trigger the avalanche usually doesn’t happen, making it impossible to say whether or not going back was necessary.

Pappalardi rejected the demos by the West-Landsberg-Janick trio, but took a suggestion that he …