Ash Kelly

Digital Producer

Ash Kelly is an associate producer for CBC Radio and online. Her CBC outdoor column, 'The Great Wide Open' focuses on nuanced stories about life outdoors. It airs province-wide every two weeks. You can find Ash and more of her stories on Twitter @AshDKelly.

Latest from Ash Kelly

Why mountain biking's most prestigous competition is still reserved for the boys

Women compete in races and timed events at Crankworx every year, but 15 years after the world's biggest mountain bike festival premiered in Whistler, the ladies still don't have a place in the festival's main event; the Red Bull Joyride Slopestyle.

They died doing what they loved: when words meant to soothe fail to comfort

High-alpine mountaineers, climbers and skiers accept the inherent risks because the pursuit of adventure is worth it.

The Adventure Gap: Why minorities are less likely to pursue outdoor recreation

When Jacoby MacDonald started hiking she didn't see many other Indigenous people on the trails. Her experience mirrors some other minorities who say they feel alone and intimidated in B.C's outdoor community.

Last of its kind, concrete barge to become artificial reef off Sunshine Coast

This Saturday will be the first time the Artificial Reef Society of B.C. attempts to sink a concrete ship.

Battling mental illness, B.C. mountain climber finds peace in the outdoors

For Brent Seal, being outside is an essential part of managing his schizophrenia and building a supportive community to overcome social isolation, but it's only one part of a comprehensive approach he took to manage his mental health.

Illegal trail building could net you steep fines, jail time

British Columbia's vast outdoor trail network is renowned around the world, but it's grown increasingly crowded in recent years, pushing hikers and bikers deeper into the woods to build their own unauthorized routes.

$15K booking cancelled due to Galiano Island ferry service disruption, says local business

A Galiano Island business wants better communication from B.C. Ferries regarding ongoing service disruptions after a WorkSafe incident that sent two to hospital resulted in the Queen of Cumberland being removed from service to the southern Gulf Islands.

Regulation for electric bikes may forever change B.C. mountain trails

After a year and a half of consultation and research, the province's e-mountain bike policy is awaiting final approval as trail groups wait to see how the controversial new bikes will be regulated on the hills.

How bike-mechanic apprenticeships could tune up the cycling industry

A formalized apprenticeship program would also benefit consumers and boost prospects of a career as a bike mechanic.

From garage bands to big stars, two studies taking stock of B.C. music sector

From garage bands to Michael Bublé​, B.C. has no shortage of musical talent, but it also lacks the data to forward policy issues that may be holding back growth.

Preserving the 'Place of the Great Blue Heron': cultural training for workers at Riverview grounds

According to traditional knowledge, the lands, known as Smu’q wa ala, were a place of safety and refuge more than 9,000 years ago.

Top picks: PuSh International Performance Festival opens Tuesday

Artistic director Norman Armour shares his suggestions for must-see performances at the 2018 festival.

Province to examine source of potential new harmful greenhouse gas emissions

You're likely reading this on a product manufactured using a greenhouse gas scientists say is 17,200 times more powerful than CO2, when compared over a 100-year period.

'Contemptuous culture' within Veterans Affairs ministry harming service delivery, claims former soldier

A former soldier injured in the line of duty says few veterans are approved for services such as education grants and medical assistance, while thousands of others wait in an administrative backlog.

'He never phoned it in,' says longtime co-star, friend of late actor Donnelly Rhodes

A solid work ethic, brilliant sense of humour and family values defined actor Donnelly Rhodes, according to the people who worked closely with him in British Columbia's film and television industry.