Routes Climbed in Mem­ory of Marc-An­dré Leclerc

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The news of Marc-An­dré Leclerc and Ryan John­son’s deaths in Alaska shocked the climb­ing com­mu­nity. Within a few days of get­ting the news, climbers who had shared a rope with Leclerc headed out in search of new lines to climb in his mem­ory. Jon Walsh and Niall Hamill climbed a new 150- me­tre M7+ WI6 on Storm Creek Head­wall and called it Scar Tis­sue. Walsh said af­ter, “We named the route af­ter what seemed to be Marc-An­dré’s favourite book, which is An­thony Kiedis’ au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. He’d love to re­cite pas­sages of that book to me as we drove to go climb­ing, and it’s one of my many fond mem­o­ries of Marc. It was on this wall that we put up The Plum to­gether in 2014, Marc’s f irst climb in the Rock­ies. His f irst lead was a block­buster that I’ll never for­get. Since his pass­ing a cou­ple weeks ago, it’s been hard to muster up the en­ergy, psyche or de­sire to go win­ter climb­ing, or do any­thing risky or do any­thing at all, but get­ting back to the moun­tains has def initely helped the healing process. His spirit is def initely present at the Storm Head­wall. Be­sides be­ing a great friend and climb­ing part­ner, Marc was one of the most cre­ative and in­spir­ing peo­ple I’ve ever known, and his loss has cer­tainly left some scar tis­sue.” On Van­cou­ver Is­land, Steve Janes and James Rode es­tab­lished a 130- me­tre M5+R WI4 on March 17 and called it Wish You Were Here. The route climbs up a nice ice/mixed line on Kings Peak. “The name of the route, Wish You Were Here, is a bit of a per­sonal ref­er­ence to Marc-An­dré Leclerc and the in­spi­ra­tion he left us all with,” said Janes. He, Leclerc and Brette Har­ring­ton had re­cently made the sec­ond as­cent of The Theft, a long ice/mixed route near Bridge River at the start of Fe­bru­ary.

New Bul­let­shead Pitch Kyle Smith es­tab­lished a new 5.11b/c trad pitch that links into Bul­let­heads East up thin cracks and a funky cor­ner called Ma­rooned.

Above: Kings Peak, Van­cou­ver Is­land, B.C. Bot­tom right: Louis Sar­razin climb­ing Ma­rooned 5.11b/c on Bul­let­heads East

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