It's time for another edition of MEET A LOCAL: the reoccurring Q&A where a Kimberely-er (Kimberley-ian? Kimberley-ite?) stops by the blog to say "hello" and drop off a few tips for spending your time wisely in this lovely little mountain town.

This time around we're joined by Steve Tersmette, a climbing father, photographer, outdoor enthusiast and a true Kootenay dirtbag (so much so, he organizes the excellent Dirtbag Festival). Scroll downwards for an internet introduction + a bunch of great tips for Kimberley living and/or visiting.


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WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?

Just an ordinary guy wearing a variety of hats. In a perpetual struggle to balance work, family life and climbing. I work with the Regional District of East Kootenay as a building inspector by day, coordinate the Dirtbag Festival by night, trying to raise to happy, healthy, active kids and always looking for the next mountain adventure. I am an ambassador for Crowfoot Media, amateur shutterbug and always looking for ways to get people excited about the outdoors. I enjoy long walks in the snow, topographic maps and craft beer.

WHY KIMBERLEY?

Needed mountains... bad. Kimberley is the total package. The things we can do right in our own backyard is endless: skiing, touring, hiking, climbing, backpacking, paddling, fishing, biking... It is four seasons of endless adventure in this town.

IF SOMEONE IS ONLY IN TOWN FOR A FEW DAYS, WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR LIST OF MUST-DO’S?

Day 1: Sunrise hike up the ski hill, climbing at one of the crags (or an indoor session if the weather stinks), campfire dinner and drinks. Day 2: Scramble up Fisher Peak, soak and a steam room at the pool and dinner in the Platzl.

I’M HUNGRY… WHERE SHOULD I GO TO FIX THIS REOCCURRING PROBLEM?

The food scene has really taken off the last couple years in Kimberley. If you're gonna go foodie for a day: Eggs Benny at Our Place for breakfast, Panini at Creme Cheese Shop for lunch, Sushi at Kinbari for Dinner and then hit the Shed for a late night pint of Overtime Brew and an appy.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AND YOUR TOP PLACE AROUND HERE FOR DOING THAT ACTIVITY?

Love to climb. While I prefer the big alpine days, sun up to sun down, sport climbing opportunities are expanding rapidly in the Kootenays. My favorite spot to play on the rocks is the crag at Perry Creek. Real good mix of routes and difficulties in a beautiful, secluded spot just outside of town.

FINALLY… PLEASE SHARE ONE LAST KIMBERLEY TIP / RECOMMENDATION / THOUGHT / WHATEVER THAT YOU DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO GET IN DURING THE PREVIOUS QUESTIONS.

Get off the beaten path. Yes, there's a lot of great stuff in town that's visible and totally fun. There is always so much to do in this town but go out and explore. Some of the true treasures are down forestry roads, or on the sides of mountains, or tucked in the woods. There is adventure to be had every hour of every day of the year.

OK, ACTUAL FINALLY… PLEASE GIVE ONE COMPLETELY UNAIDED RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD START DOING / USING / WATCHING / LISTENING / EATING / THINKING / QUITTING / READING / ETC-ING TO MAKE THEIR LIVES A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND/OR BEARABLE.

Don't take life too seriously. We are on this planet for only a cosmic blink so enjoy life and cherish every experience. Take risks. Do things that make you uncomfortable. And, pick up your garbage.


Alright, that's it for another MEET A LOCAL. Before you head off to some other corner of the internet, make sure to follow Steve on Instagram and like Dirtbag Festival on Facebook… and grab your 2017 calendar and write "DIRTBAG FESTIVAL' in permanent marker on March 24th & 25th.

And hopefully, I'll have another one of these Local Q&A's up in the not too distant future (if you live around Highway 95a and would be interested in doing a Q&A, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO).