Author Archives: JoshuaLavigne

Carlyle’s Playlists– Instalment 2

My brother and I have shared the passion for rock-climbing since we were teenagers. Even though he made choices that drew him away from climbing, he remains an avid climber and devoted ‘adventurer’. So every year we make plans to climb together. I was lucky enough to spend a week with him in June, climbing…

Polar Star Couloir — Possibly a Dream

I spent the last 2 weeks in Baffin Island, on a working holiday. Some of the days felt like work — as they should– and others were work, but in a special way. The Polar Star couloir is over 3600 ft tall, a dramatic feature, cleaved in the granite by the will of Pressure and…

Carlyle’s Playlists

Carlyle Norman had many incredible talents and one of them was certainly her ability to pick great music. Music was a form of celebration for Carlyle and she loved to celebrate. Over the years I discovered many incredible artists because of Carlyle and now I would like to share some of the her favourite artists…

Something new and a story about Carlyle Norman, 1982-2012

Welcome to my new WorderPress site. If this is the first time visiting, awesome. You will find videos, photos and maybe even some inspiration. I have decided to start working with WordPress and I am looking forward to switching over to this platform. This platform will offer me additional methods — on one site —…

CMH Galena Setup [A Guides Perspective]

Well, the CMH heli ski season is revving up it seems to have started with a bang. There is already a solid base of 2 metres, which means it looks like January out there. Lots of the early season hazards are covered nicely and the classic pillow drops and steep glads are ready to go….

Man Yoga [New Route on Stanley Headwall]

On November 13th Jonny Simms and Jon Walsh freed their new mixed route on the Stanley Headwall, for the second time. Two days previous they had climbed the route, freeing every pitch for the first all free ascent. In tow they hauled 250 metres of rope, which they fixed so that I could jug and…

Cragging in the Bugaboos

Climbing in the Bugaboos is always a highlight of the summer and definitely one of my favourite places to climb. The rugged hike through wildflowers as you climb towards Applebee, the mystic and grandeur of the spires as they glow in the evening light, and the long shadows draped across the glaciers as a lone headlamp weaves…

North Face of Mt Temple, Greenwood/Locke

On Aug 2nd, Crosby Johnston and I climbed the North Face of Mt. Temple aka the ‘Eiger of the Rockies’. There is no doubt that the Greenwood/Locke is a “must do” as stated in the Selected Alpine Climbs and I was psyched to do it with a long time climbing partner. Crosby is usually a…

Common Knowledge on the Washburn face

It was day 18 of the trip. We had just spent 3 days sleeping and eating copious amounts, trying to recover from our ascent of the Cassin Ridge. Our base camp friends had all left and the 14000 ft camp was starting to feel abandoned. The snow walls fortifying our tent were drooping and looked…

Cassin Ridge in Under 24 hrs

Denali 2011: Spring Chicken Road Trip Our trip to Denali started on June 4th. We left Calgary early on a Saturday morning and by Sunday evening we were setting up our tent below the spectacular north buttress of Mt. Hunter. It was quite the shock, especially since I had just returned from the Utah desert.This…