January 27, 2012

Climbing Louise Falls + Skiing in the Bugaboos

On our early morning walk in to Louise Falls, we came across this frozen Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Finally had a full week off from the Bugaboos lodge and got out for a day of ice guiding with Tom M. Tom and I have climbed a lot over the years and I always look forward to the banter and the excellent lunches! Tom likes to start early which has its advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, you miss out on a  little sleep, but on the other hand it is extremely unlikely that you are going to get shelled from parties climbing above. So after a 6 am departure from Canmore, we drove to Lake Louise and hiked in to Louise Falls. The climb is fat and hooked out right now which made it easy to catch our 1 pm lunch reservation at the Chateau. Thanks Tom!

Otherwise, back in to the Bugaboos tomorrow. I keep hearing reports that the past week has provided the best skiing in years and I am looking forward to it.

We also came across this Ice Fairy.

Tom entering the cave on Louise Falls.

There is a great tree to practice one's pole dancing routine at the top of the climb.

This was before it got really good.

Roberto Gomez skiing Fearless.

Inside every snow cloud...

Is a skier waiting to break free!

Dave C on an early morning run in Rory Creek.

Well preserved surface hoar.

Early morning flight to Spillimacheen.

January 22, 2012

RIP Carlyle

Carlyle and Josh at the Abbot Hut in August 2010.

Carlyle Norman was killed by rockfall in Patagonia last week while climbing a route on St. Exupery. The evening before she left Canmore, she stopped by the house to borrow some gear. When she showed up, I had just returned home from nearly two months of work and travel and was stressed out with a million and one mundane things. But her cool manner, thoughtful conversation and alert posture quickly made all the mundane stuff  fall away. No one else was home and we ended up drinking scotch and bullshitting well in to the night. A few hours later, she boarded a plane in Calgary and was gone.

Goodbye Carlyle. I'll miss you and think of you often on your craggy Andean perch. 

Carlyle et al in Thailand 2007

Carlyle and Josh approaching the Abbot Hut.