Category Archives: Rock Climbing

Mt Turnweather – Baffin Island

Every journey has a beginning, a point at which forces coalesce to encourage us to adventure into the unknown. This adventure, to climb a granite big wall in the Canadian arctic with my younger brother, Delano, started in 2005 when we traveled to the Northwest Territories to attempt the remarkable Lotus Flower Tower – Delano’s…

A new objective – Mt. Turnweather

Six weeks following our trip to Yosemite, Joshua and I have finally rendezvoused at his home in beautiful Canmore, Alberta. He, after a stint of new routing in Squamish, and I, after a trip to the Sierras, are now working through the details of our trip to Baffin. Since we last saw each other in…

Half Dome – Embrace the silence and have faith

Written by Delano Lavigne Waking up before dawn is generally considered something to be avoided but sometimes waking up before dawn is purposeful and necessary. More than that, starting out on an adventure in the pre-dawn darkness, when all thoughts are smothered by a heavy silence and our breath is consumed by the unseen emptiness,…

The Importance of Adventure and a Journey to Baffin Island

Written by Delano Lavigne I need more adventure in my life. I can no longer ignore the signs that are guiding me towards a different path, a path that leads towards the climbing life and the adventure it brings. This insight has led me to abandon a PhD program and set course towards new horizons,…

Freerider — El Capitan

This fall, during the fabulous month of Rocktober, I had the opportunity to climb in Yosemite Valley with my good friend and long time climbing partner, Simon Meis. Simon and I have made numerous trips to Yosemite together, and as a team, over the last decade, managed to climb on some of the worlds great…

Baffin Island

In 2009, I bought the Mark Synnot guidebook to Baffin Island. It was gift for my girlfriend at the time, Carlyle, a simple gesture to encourage her dreams. She pawed over the book endlessly, looking for an adventure amongst the towering monolithes of the Norse gods. After folding the corners of many pages and taking…

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…

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…