Jasmin Caton


Jasmin Caton

Jasmin Caton

Despite inauspicious beginnings as a nerdy mathlete, a post-holing snowboarder and an uncoordinated soccer player, eventually Jasmin found her feet in the mountains. These days she calls stuffing her toes into Squamish cracks or sliding around on Selkirk powder a rough day at the office as an ACMG Ski and Rock Guide and owner-operator of Valhalla Mountain Touring (www.vmt.ca). When she is not climbing and skiing for work, she is climbing and skiing for fun. She yearns deeply to be able to enjoy rest days more and for world peace.

Discipline: Rock climbing

Hometown: Hills, BC, Canada

Currently Living: Squamish, BC, Canada

Height: 170cm

Career Highlights: War and Poetry (VI 5.11 A Ulamatorsuaq, Tasermiut Fjord, Greenland), All Along the Watchtower (VI 5.11 A2 North Howser Tower, The Bugaboos, BC), The Freerider (VI 5.12d El Cap, Yosemite), Moonlight Buttress (V 5.12d, Angels Landing, Zion, UT), Fallen Arches (I 5.13a, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT)

When did you first start climbing?

I began climbing in 2000 when I first moved to Squamish.

What do you most enjoy about your sport?

The unconventional, uncompromising, motivated, healthy, loving, kind and adventurous people it has brought into my life.

How do you define success?

Coming home in one piece at the end of an adventure with a story to tell.

What are you most proud of, either in life, your sport or both?

My backcountry ski touring lodge, Valhalla Mountain Touring. For the past six years I have been working hard on all aspects of this business from scrubbing the sauna to balancing the books to guiding huge days of ski touring. The operation is thriving, and I am really proud of the experience we offer to our guests.

What inspires you?

Fun! Both Type 1 and Type 2. Beautiful wild landscapes.

What are your hobbies outside of your sport?

I love to cook and read.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Dessert. I have it almost every single day.

Tell us about your most favorite place in the world:

The Valhalla Range, BC: There’s amazing powder skiing, beautiful alpine rock climbing, quiet meadows to take a nap in, pristine lakes to take a dip in, not many trails and even less people, grizzly bears, goats, berries and flowers.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be, and why?

I would learn to let the small things slide. I tend to be a pretty busy, motivated person, which sometimes translates into not being able to chill or focus on the big picture.

Tell us about a time in your life when you have been scared:

I triggered a huge avalanche while digging a snow profile to investigate conditions in a large bowl. I was able to hold my ground but my shovel and saw were swept away. Witnessing nature’s destructive power up close left me feeling pretty small, weak and immensely grateful to be alive.

Describe your perfect day:

Up before the sun, alpine rock climbing, beautiful stone, good partner, laughing belays, back to the tent for dinner to share stories with other friends, wine and cookies, bed.