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Second John Lauchlan Award Expedition of 2021 Sets Off

Earlier this year, four Canadians found success on Mount Logan, now a big wall team will attempt a remote face

Photo by: Nick Hindley

Two teams received the John Lauchlan Memorial Award this year for attempts on big unclimbed mountain lines. The award has been given annually since 1997 to Canadian climbers.

An exploratory mission on Mount Logan’s east side took place this summer with team members Maarten van Haeren, Alik Berg, Ethan Berman and Peter Hoang. They climbed a number of new routes on peak’s close to Logan, and attempted to repeat and east face line. Read about their successful expedition here.

Now three B.C. climbers are heading to Gitnadoiks River Provincial Park to attempt a wild looking unclimbed granite alpine face. Max Fisher, Ryan Van Horne and Michael Loch are currently in transport on their way, but unfortunately team member Drew Leiterman had to miss the trip due to an injury.

The John Lauchlan Award had a record 16 applications from across Canada this year. It’s sponsored by Banded Peaks Brewing, Patagonia Banff, Alpine Club of Canada and many more.

Lead photo: Nick Hindley