Before social media, blogs were king. Everyone had one or two and some people had three. Now, fewer people use them, but those who do are worth following. Be sure to check in to see what these top Canadian climbers are up in 2015.

Marieta Akalski

The Toronto-based massage therapist made headlines this year with her big sends. It will be exciting to watch what Marieta gets up to this year.

Marieta Akalski  Photo Michael Watson
Marieta Akalski Photo Michael Watson

Sean McColl

Canada’s best competition climbing and all-round sport climber and boulderer. Sean McColl’s blog is one of the best, updated and insightful.

Sean McColl  Photo Sam Challeat
Sean McColl Photo Sam Challeat

Paul McSorley

Canada’s alpine guru. It’s hard not be stoked and have a good laugh when Paul is around. From the Himalaya to remote Baffin, Paul is always searching.  “Few things affirm the privilege of this life more than a day out in the hills with good friends.”

Paul McSorley Photo Brandon Pullan
Paul McSorley Photo Brandon Pullan

Leslie Timms

Leslie Timms is a guide and athlete based out of the Beaver Valley in Ontario. She has become one of Canada’s leading female climbers over the past two years.

Leslie Timms on Magnus Opus Photo Photo Adam Demmert Source: Timms’ Blog
Leslie Timms on Magnus Opus Photo Photo Adam Demmert Source: Timms’ Blog

Sarah Hueniken

One of the most dedicated guides and climbers in Canada, from drytooling horizontal roofs to guiding all-women groups in the Bugaboos.

Sarah Hueniken Photo Ryan Creary
Sarah Hueniken Photo Ryan Creary

Peter Hoang

Ontario’s climbing and photographer extraordinaire, he’s committed to capturing the off-piste routes of yesteryear.

Peter Hoang on Streets Cry Freedom Photo Bojan Uzicanin
Peter Hoang on Streets Cry Freedom Photo Bojan Uzicanin

Raphael Slawinski

Raphael has long been at the cutting edge of winter climbing and he updates his blog regularly.

Raphael Slawinski Photo Viktor Skupinski
Raphael Slawinski Photo Viktor Skupinski

Sonnie Trotter

Canada’s leading rock climber for the last decade. Now based in the Rockies, Sonnie’s blog is insightful, humorous and educational.

Sonnie Trotter on Intrepid Traverse 5.13c Photo Paul Bride
Sonnie Trotter on Intrepid Traverse 5.13c Photo Paul Bride

Vikki Weldon

A crusher in every sense of the word. Whether it’s pumpy crag routes or big technical sport climbs, Vikki seems to be leading the pack.

Vikki Weldon on Fleeing Heifer  Photo Jamie Chong
Vikki Weldon on Fleeing Heifer Photo Jamie Chong

Joshua Lavigne

From big Baffin Island walls to the Himalaya, Joshua is at the leading edge of Canadian alpinism.

Joshua Lavigne at Auyuittuq Park, Baffin Island  Photo Jon Walsh
Joshua Lavigne at Auyuittuq Park, Baffin Island Photo Jon Walsh

Regan Kennedy

One of Canada’s leading female boulderers, when Regan’s not sending blocs down south she’s busy in the Canadian comp circuit.

Regan Kennedy in the Rocklands  Photo Josh Muller
Regan Kennedy in the Rocklands Photo Josh Muller

Sam Eastman

Young and keen, Sam has climbed with most of Canada’s leading climbers. One of the future senders on rock and ice.

Sam Eastman on Titan
Sam Eastman on Titan  Photo Brett Lantz

Jen Olson

Jen is one of the leading female mixed climbers in North America, from comps to the Rockies’ frozen walls.

Jen Olson at Lake Louise Photo James Dunn
Jen Olson at Lake Louise Photo James Dunn

Gord McArthur

The first Canadian to finish in the top-five at an ice climbing world cup in over a decade. He’s preparing to hit the road for the next five competitions.

Gord McArthur Photo Ben Herndon
Gord McArthur Photo Ben Herndon

Jamie Finlayson

Jamie has become one of Canada’s leading trad climbers. Based in Squamish, he writes great gear reviews and gripping stories.

Jamie Finlayson on Shaving With a Knife Photo Chris Christie
Jamie Finlayson on Shaving With a Knife Photo Chris Christie

Becca Frangos

Becca is based out of the Rockies and over the last few years, along with her sister Sara, has become two of Canada’s leading comp climbers.

Becca Frangos  Photo Kevin Segedi
Becca Frangos Photo Kevin Segedi

Sebastien Lazure

One of the future rock crushers, he has been at the top of competitive climbing for years.

Sebastien Lazure  Photo courtesy Sebastien Lazure
Sebastien Lazure Photo courtesy Sebastien Lazure

Andrew Wexler

From hard sport routes in Mexico to high alpine adventures in Europe, Wexler does it all.

Andrew Wexler  Photo Dylan Taylor
Andrew Wexler Photo Dylan Taylor

Sarah Hart

When Sarah’s not busy sending hard Squamish cracks, she’s climbing new alpine routes in Patagonia.

Sarah Hart  Photo Jamie Finlayson
Sarah Hart Photo Jamie Finlayson

Jon Walsh

One of North America’s leading alpinists, Jon’s route reports are always precise and interesting.

Jon Walsh  Photo Josh Wharton
Jon Walsh Photo Josh Wharton

Marc-Andre Leclerc

From speed solos to big walls in the Rockies, Marc-Andre is Canada’s answer to Alex Honnold.

Marc-Andre Leclerc  Photo Kieran A. Brownie Photo
Marc-Andre Leclerc Photo Kieran A. Brownie Photo

Lucas Uchida

One of Canada’s most exciting young prospects, only competing for three years and he is at the top of the sport.

Lucas Uchida on the podium at the Pan Am Games
Lucas Uchida on the podium at the Pan Am Games

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