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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…

Nemesis

I had the opportunity to climb Nemesis with Raphael Slawinski a couple weeks ago. We hiked up the Stanley Valley in the early morning looking for the climb ‘Gentlemen’s Day Out’, but we didn’t really know where to find it. Our default for the day was to climb Nemesis, which we have both climbed half…

CMH Galena

I just returned from 5 days of “guides training” (skiing and drinking) at the CMH Galena and Monashee lodges. Even with a below average snowpack, about 120cm, the skiing was spectacular. I was blown away by what seemed like endless steep tree skiing and beautiful alpine bowls.  I’m looking forward to the 6 weeks of…

Soloing ‘the experience’

I had the opportunity to present at the Night of Lies last week. The presentations at this event need to be 10 minutes or shorter. I wanted to show a video about soloing in a slightly different format then my previous films. Enjoy the footage from Chamonix, France and the Bugaboos, the North Howser Tower, west…

Mt. Cromwell, Elzinga/Miller in a day

Mount Cromwell 3330 m (text by: Raphael Slawinski)The north face of Mt. Cromwell is readily seen from the Icefields Parkway when traveling south. The most notable features of the face are a serac immediately below the summit and, down and right of it, a large snowfield in the middle of the face. The Elzinga/Miller route…

Sir Douglas – NW Face Double Direct

Joshua Lavigne & Raphael Slawinski Sir Douglas – NW Face Double Direct from alpinesummits on Vimeo.

East End Boys

I spent another spectacular fall day climbing. This time I went out with Andrew Wexler to take a look at the route ‘East End Boys’ on Mt. Yamnuska . The route was uber aesthetic with some great crack climbing up steep roofs and some fun  limestone bolt clipping. It is another awesome Yam route that I…