The Road to 5.13 – Part II

In my last post, I talked about my journey from my first days climbing at Wasootch, to my first 5.10a later that season in 2012 to my first 5.12b and 5.12c in 2014 and 2016. This post covers the training season leading up to my first 5.13a in June of 2018. Toes in the Water…

Surprise Pass, Lake Louise Alberta

Surprise Pass, near Lake Louise Alberta is one of those iconic backcountry lines that deserves a revisit at least once per year. This classic ski tour requires a solid couple of hours to complete, and travels through quite a bit of complex avalanche terrain, so good conditions are an absolute must. We started from the…

The Tall Storey (8 pitches, 5.11c)

It has always been a dream of mine to climb a massive, unbroken, slightly overhanging wall. It was one of the main motivations for me to improve as a climber, so that one day I could access these routes. Back in 2015, I climbed The Tall Storey, a route that offered all that I was…

ProMaster Van Conversion Part 3 – Flooring

For flooring, we chose some really simple click-lock laminate flooring from Rona. It was reasonably inexpensive, durable, and extremely easy to install. Our van was a Bakery delivery van in it’s previous life, so it had a 3/4″ plywood subfloor already included, however it was very… nasty. Prior to re-installing (post insulation), I pulled it…