Weak Season Opportunities – Mt. Garibaldi

March 5, 2015Backcountry, Climbing, Ski Touring, Winter

When a season hits you like this one,┬ámotivation can be difficult to muster. In the Sea to Sky Corridor and much of coastal British Columbia this winter, snow has receded closer and closer towards the alpine elevations. Spring conditions are upon us, powder is scarce (in many cases non-existent) and the only consolation we have … Read More

The Outsider: Tools of the Trade – ice axe

December 2, 2014Backcountry, Climbing, Winter

What’s the most obvious sign of a core backcountry skier? Transceivers, probes and shovels are now standard issue, though the knowledge of how to effectively used them is still catching up. Climbing skins are for anyone wanting to travel more than an hour beyond the boundary and folks with Dynafit gear may rip as hard … Read More

Ice climbing shows potential at Sochi

February 20, 2014Climbing

The sport of ice climbing rarely sees a lot of media coverage, but during the 2014 Winter Games, it held centre stage in the town of Sochi. A 20 meter tall ice tower was constructed inside the Olympic Park, where a group of around 25 ice climbing athletes conducted daily demonstrations of speed climbing (ascending … Read More