MEET THE GUIDES
Brent has been climbing for 28 years. He enjoys all disciplines from ice climbing and big wall climbing, to bouldering and sport climbing. Last spring, Brent bolted and redpointed the first ascent of Vancouver's first 5.13 climb (Antisocial Media). He recently completed his ACMG Apprentice Rock Guide certification (summer 2016), and is working towards becoming a full Rock Guide. Follow on Instagram (click photo)
Eric is a certified Full Rock Guide registered with the ACMG. From bolting hard, new, routes in Squamish to climbing the hardest ice lines on the coast, Eric does it all. He is currently in the process of helping to develop a new crag in Squamish with many hard routes in the 5.12-5.13 range. When he is not tied into a rope, Eric is a father with 2 kids living in Squamish, BC.
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Jen is an ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide. Her energy and enthusiasm to be in the mountains is boundless and her list of accomplishments is extensive. She is the seventh Canadian woman to earn Full Mountain Guide certification with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). In 2013, after competing on the Ice Climbing World Cup circuit, Jen represented Canada at the Winter Olympics’. On top of that, Jen has accomplished an impressive list of climbs in the Andes and Alps, as well as first ascents on remote peaks in Alaska and Pakistan, where she climbed the East Face of Brakk Zang in the Karakoram mountains in 2007 with partner Lilla Molnar. Closer to home, Jen has put-up numerous new routes in the Rockies and the Bugaboos, including a new mixed rock and ice route with her partner, Tim McAllister, in Oct 2014 on the northeast face of South Howser Tower called Ethereal D+ 320 m M6 WI4R. Currently, Jen resides in North Vancouver where she pursues her B.Sc. in Nursing at BCIT. Photo: Genevieve Renart, Jun 2018.
Joshua Lavigne lives in Southern British Columbia where he has been guiding for the past 13 years. As an IFMGA and ACMG Mountain Guide, as well an MEC climbing Ambassador, he has spent much of his adult life in the mountains, either for work or play. He has been climbing in the Bugaboos for 15 years, where he was introduced to alpine granite rock climbing and where he continues to spend his summers. The walls of the Howser Towers on the west side of Bugaboos, prepared him for some of the greatest big walls on the planet, including most recently the big walls of Great Sail Peak in Baffin Island. He shares a passion for climbing with everyone he ties in with and looks forward to exploring some of the best the Bugaboos has to offer. Learn more about Joshua.
Borne and raised on the edge of the Canadian Rockies Taran Ortlieb has been climbing since the young age of 13. Taran has climbed all over North America, from big walls in Yosemite, and the spires of the Bugaboos, to first ascents in his home of Squamish. Taran enjoys all types of climbing but will admit that getting high off the ground on a splitter Squamish granite crack is his favourite style. Taran is a certified ACMG Assistant rock guide and will complete his Full Rock Guide certification this September 2017.