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Bronwyn Hodgins

Bronwyn, age 27, is best known for being the first Canadian female to freeclimb El Capitan in Yosemite, CA, with her ascent of Freerider (13a) over five days in November 2018. She has climbed 13c sport and 13a trad, as well as many adventurous routes in Europe, northern Africa and North America. Also an avid paddler, Bronwyn guided long river trips across Canada for seven seasons, including a 52-day whitewater journey in the Yukon with ten 18-year-olds in 2017. She recently became an ACMG apprentice rock guide and is looking forward to guiding climbing adventures around Squamish come summer!

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Baffin Paddle Climb Expedition

This summer Bronwyn Hodgins, Jacob Cook, Thor Stewart and Zack Goldberg-Poch set out on a six week multi-sport expedition to Baffin Island in northern Canada. The team climbed some of the world’s most iconic mountain faces: Mount Asgard (three times!), Mount Thor, and other walls, including several first ascents. Starting in the remote fly-in community of Pangnirtung, the four friends travelled by packraft up the ocean fjord and then continued by foot into the mountains. On the return journey they got back in the rafts and paddled the fast flowing and technical Weasel river to descend the valley. Equipped with Viking horns and inflatable flamingos, the tale is sure to inspire, intrigue and entertain!

This expedition was supported by the 2019 MEC Adventure Grant.