Anna pursues adventure with passion and good humour. From braving hard mixed and ice routes throughout the Canadian Rockies, Yosemite big wall speed ascents, new routing on the East Face of Snowpatch in the Bugaboos, expeditions and free ascents up the remote spires Baffin Island, to extensive and harrowing north face missions in her local alpine zone, she does it all mostly with a smile and always with a desire to return for another, bigger, badder and bolder round two.
Some of Anna’s proudest moments include:
-All Along the Watchtower (5.12, 32p), North Howser, Bugaboos Provincial Park, BC, Canada
-Power of Lard, (5.13, Aided the crux, but sent the second p at 5.12c), Snowpatch Spire, Bugaboo Provincial Park, BC
-Mounts Asgard and Loki (likely first female ascents; 5.11 and 5.10 respectively), Auyuittuq National Park, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
-Yosemite Valley moments: the Nose (25h), Salathe (27h), Rostrum (5.11c), Astroman (5.11c), Gates of Delirium (5.12c), Shortest Straw (A4).
-The Proposal (M8), first ascent with Jim Elzinga, Mount Cirrus, Canadian Rockies
-Cyber Pastie Memorial (M7+), Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies
-Curtain Call (WI6), Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies
-Nemesis (WI6), Stanley Headwall, Kootenay National Park, Canadian Rockies
-Suffer Machine (M7+, WI5+), Stanley Headwall, Kootenay National Park, Canadian Rockies
Anna has been a recent recipient of the Jen Higgins Memorial Fund, which supported she and Michelle Kadatz in a successful all-female expedition to Baffin Island. Most recently, she and Alison Criscitiello are the current recipients of the John Lauchlan Memorial Award and the Mugs Stump Award.
Anna has at least two unfinished projects in undisclosed regions of the Canadian Rockies, on which she has spent an equally undisclosed amount of blood, sweat, love and tears. She is inspired by compelling, aesthetic lines in beautifully wild zones, and continues to be lucky enough to enjoy these experiences in remarkable company.
She is a firm believer in advancing female participation the world of alpinism; it is a landscape which is no longer dominated by men, and and she is proud, both to witness friends and colleagues pushing boundaries and setting new standards, and to participate in the same.