9/21/10 - Arc’Teryx, Petzl, and La Sportiva are honored to sponsor an award recognizing the difference our friend Guy Lacelle made in the world. The Guy Lacelle Pure Spirit Award will be given each year to a Canadian who climbs with the same kind of joy, humility and integrity that Guy carried with him on all of his many, many ascents.
This year’s first recipient of the award couldn’t be a more perfect fit. Over the last decade, Eamonn Walsh of Canmore has been climbing at the top of the world game, pushing visionary routes at home in the Rockies, in Alaska and the Yukon, and in the Himalaya. In true Guy spirit, he’s done so quietly, with endless passion and commitment, and with greatest respect for the mountains.
“To me,” Eamonn explains, “Guy Lacelle embodied the essence of climbing. He was honest, bold without fanfare, and loved what he was doing. His actions spoke for themselves. I have tried to follow a similar path in my love of the mountains, and so I am touched that those closest to Guy feel that I am following in the spirit of one of Canada’s most accomplished mountain men, ever!”
Winners of the Guy Lacelle Pure Spirit Award will receive significant contributions of gear from each of the sponsors.