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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,…

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…

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….

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…

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…