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Nicole Berns

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Nicole Berns is a writer, yoga teacher, and backcountry mountain guide from Campbell River. She spent five years in the Okanagan Valley, completing a BA in Creative Writing at UBCO, where she produced a poetry chapbook. After studying and teaching yoga in SE Asia, she returned home to Vancouver Island to reconnect with her roots. She loves to spend time in the mountains, whether that be rocking climbing, hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing. She also enjoys mountain biking, surfing, and free diving.

In her work, Nicole helps people to heal their bodies, whether that be from neglect or injury, and get back to enjoying their bodies outside in nature and in their intimate relationships. Her time in the mountains is expressed through her work when she’s writing, teaching, and guiding.

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Damn, I Wish I Walked

Words By Nicole Berns
Photos By Paul Rydeen
A life on foot with Chris Barner. From construction on some of the region’s most iconic establishments, such as Mount Washington and Painter’s Lodge,...



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Born Wild

Words By Nicole Berns
Article Photo By Jenn Dykstra
Gallery Photo By Wendy Ravai
Meet Matt Ravai, The Oudoorsman. At 18 years old, Matt is fully submerged in wild island living. A ski instructor and fishing guide, Matt also has...



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Calling the Rains and the Salmon

Words by Nicole Berns
Photo by James Headrick
The Petroglyphs of Quadra Island. The sky is alive with distant storm clouds, purple, broken by pockets of sunlight. Looking west across the Discovery...

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