Growing up in Arizona, Sierra Blair-Coyle frequented the local outdoor mall. Unlike most young girls, however, it wasn’t the promise of a new pair of jeans that drew her there—it was a rock-climbing wall. At age 8, Blair-Coyle began climbing routes that would eventually lead to a spot on her local climbing gym’s team and send her hurtling toward a career as competitive rock climber. And make no mistake: Sierra climbs to win. She was the youngest qualifier for the 2010 World Cup and just last year placed seventh at the 2012 American Bouldering Series Nationals. There’s no doubt about it: the 19-year-old Arizona State University sophomore is having a moment.
A handful of dedicated Vancouverites are bringing a new sport to their local mountains, a sport that has always been linked exclusively to Utah and the Alps: Canyoneering. Against all expectations, the surroundings of Vancouver are an amazing playground for canyoneers, and one thing sets the region apart from all others: none of these canyons have ever been explored. Nobody even knows where they are.
We are following Damien and Lucia in their quest for “first descent” canyons in the mountains of Squamish, in a cinematic journey down deep slots and magnificent waterfalls.
In Late February 2013, Mark Roberts was climbing Parsley Fern Lefthand Gully. Mid climb he was knocked right off the mountain by a large chunk of ice. He proceeds to fall hundreds of feet down the mountain until he eventually comes to a stop. Mark survived the fall without permanent injuries.