It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Carlyle Norman, our friend and one of Canada’s best female alpinists. On January 15, 2012, while climbing the route ‘Last Gringo Standing’ on St. Exupéry in Patagonia, she was hit by rockfall and knocked unconscious. Her climbing partner, Cian Brinker, stayed with her on the ledge for two hours, before making the difficult decision to descend alone and seek help. Carlyle and Cian were winners of the 2012 John Lauchlan Memorial Award, and their primary objective in Patagonia was to complete a new route on Aguja Bifida.
Full details of the tragedy can be read in this News Release issued by the John Lauchlan Memorial Award Committee.
Carlyle was a Canmore based climber, yoga instructor, and writer. Her warm spirit and sincerity inspired people both in the mountains and in the soul, and at 29 years young, Carlyle’s passing has left a big hole in the hearts of all that knew her.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family for their loss.
Send on, dear friend, send on.
Carlyle’s Career Highlights
Route Location Grade Date
Babel, East Face Canadian Rockies V 5.11 July/11
Twisted Canadian Rockies 5.9, WI 5 Jan/11
Polar Circus Canadian Rockies WI 5 March/11
Mt Combatant Waddington Range ED2 M5, 5.9 Aug/09
Sweet By and By (FA) Bugaboos IV, 5.11+ July/09
The Crucifix Yosemite V, 5.12- May/08
Moonlight Buttress Zion V, A1, 5.12- May/08