Author Archives: JoshuaLavigne

Rock-climbing is more than a passion; it is a way of life. This has long been the case for Joshua Lavigne. He has been climbing since 1996, starting on rock, he progressed to alpine and winter climbing. Eventually becoming a IFMGA/ACMG mountain guide in 2011, which has allowed him to transform his passion into a career. He has climbed in India, Pakistan, Argentina, Asia, the Canadian Arctic and the USA. More recently he has completed his 5th trip to Baffin Island, 9th trip up the west face of the North Howser Tower and recently freed a new route on the west face of Central Howser Tower in the Bugaboos. Joshua’s mountain adventures are defined by an interest in maintaining the high bar of Canadian alpinism, while climbing with similar minded partners. He wants to push his physical limits, engaging all his senses in a rare feat of boldness. One of Canada’s leading alpinists, he has relocated to the Colombia Valley, where he can day trip to the Bugaboos and explore the wild Purcells while still returning to the Rockies.

Indian Creek

I just returned from my annual pilgrimage to Indian Creek and the Utah desert. This was my sixth trip to the ‘Creek’ and it still fills me with the same awe and wonder as the first time. The physical climbing, desert climate and dirtbag living all seem to purify the body and soul. I usually leave broken…

Tsunami 300m M5, WI5+

After a long winter of skiing I’ve finally had enough. I put the misery sticks away and sharpened the ice tools. Raphael Slawinski and I made plans to go check out an alpine ice line that had caught his eye. He had scoped the line while climbing the classic mixed route Rocket Man. It is located just…

CMH Galena Week 11-12, "A Guides Perspective"

My last 2 weeks of work at CMH Galena were some of the best skiing I have ever had. We received over 200 cm of snow, which brought the snow pack to 400 cm. With this much snow the pillow lines and cliff drops were soft and smooth.I captured some footage of Hank (77 year…

Mixed Climbing in Storm Creek

After 21 days of ski guiding I was ready to get out and stretch the arms. Raphael, Juan and I decided to head up Storm Creek (just up from the Stanley Headwall) to check a couple mixed climbs, Xena (named after Raphael’s cat) and Cosban (named after Eamonn Walsh’s dog). Two awesome climbs, side by…

CMH Galena Week 7 " A Guide’s Perspective"

The snow just keeps on falling at CMH Galena, with over 300cm on the ground. Week 7 and 8 (Jan 29th-Feb 12th) were particularly good with blower powder day in & and day out. During week seven I had the opportunity to ski with Anselme Baud, the grandfather of extreme skiing from Chamonix, France and…

Heli-Assisted Ski Touring with CMH Adamants

I spent the week of Jan 22nd to 29th ski touring at the CMH Adamants lodge. But this wasn’t a normal ski touring week, we happened to have a helicopter at our disposal. Tom Raudaschl (lead guide) and I would look at the map in the morning (with over 1073sq. km of terrain to choose…

CMH Galena Week 4 "A Guide’s Perspective"

Week 2 of guiding at CMH Galena was one for the books, after receiving over 80cm of fresh snow a high pressure system rolled in. We were able to fly north to Westfall Creek where 1000 meter runs consisting of steep glads and dreamy pillow lines were ripe for the picking. The snow just kept…

CMH Galena Webisode 2 "A Guide’s Perspective"

My first week of guiding at Galena has been by far one of the best weeks of skiing I have ever had. The veteran guides say that this is normal, which makes me wonder what it will be like when it starts to really go off. I think I’m about to find out, another storm…

Guiding Satoshi Shimizu

Satoshi Shimizu is from Japan and he loves ice climbing. He travelled to the Rockies to climb for a week, first with some friends and then hiring me through Yamnuska Mounain Adventures. He was keen and fit, having already climbed for 5 days and with only 3 days left. I wanted to show him some…

Christmas Sampler

Christmas has come and gone, a combination of nostalgia, board games and a bout of food poisoning sums it up. Luckily my brother came out early so that we could spend some time in the hills together. Delano Lavigne, (my younger brother) is definitely one of the ‘best off-the-couchers’ I know. The moment he arrived…