A Great Loss for our Mountain Community

Having fun, as always.

January 18th, 2012 - The Bow Valley was rocked by tragic news this morning, as reports trickled in that a local climber had been killed in Patagonia. According to GrippedCarlyle Norman was climbing with Cian Brinker (uninjured) when the accident occurred.*

Highline Magazine and our mountain community have lost a vibrant, energetic and tremendously caring human being. An enthusiastic climber, adventurer, yoga instructor and aspiring writer, Carlyle contributed to the life of the Bow Valley in so many meaningful ways. With her witty, quirky, thought-provoking prose, she was one of Highline’’s most-read bloggers, and contributed an insightful feature to our Winter 2012 issue. In her last blog post for Highline, she reminded us to take “an hour, a minute, a breath, out in the winter night” and appreciate the stillness. Carlyle always had an appreciation for living in the moment, and inspired others to do the same with her big, broad, contagious smile.

Carlyle truly lived for adventure and managed to attract it everywhere she went. Anyone who spent time with her needed to be up for an adventure, too. In her typical style, just days after leaving Canmore for Patagonia, her passport got stolen and Carlyle put out a desperate plea on Facebook. She dealt with the ordeal with a sense of humour, and wasn’’t afraid to ask others to help her get out of a major pickle. People quickly responded to come to the aid of someone who meant a great deal to them.

We’’ll miss you, Carlyle. And we’’ll take a moment to appreciate the stillness and think of you.

-Your team at Highline Magazine

*Update: According to the Alpine Club of Canada, “The pair were climbing a difficult route called “”Last Gringo Standing,”” a thirteen pitch 5.11, located on Aguja Saint-Exupéry, a 2558 m peak on the Fitzroy Massif” when the accident occurred.

A memorial in celebration of Carlyle’s life will be held on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 7pm at the Radisson Hotel in Canmore.

All photos were originally submitted to Highline courtesy of Carlyle Norman.

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  1. Just heard through the climbing community that there’s conflicting news about Carlyle and that she may have been spotted alive on the mountain and a rescue attempt has been mounted. Can any one confirm?

    • What we know is that the accident happened on Sunday night. 
      It’s true that there was some movement caught on film, but it was impossible to tell if it was a handwave or the wind. After a failed rescue attempt (due to weather) overnight on Sunday night, it is accepted that she did not make it. 

  2. I was Assistant Principal of the school Carlyle went to for Elementary School.  She was one of the most inspiring, positive, creative and caring students I have known.  Even as a young girl she was spirited,  creative, resilient, adventuresome and filled with life.  The world has lost a wonderful soul.  She will be missed.

  3. ???a moment out in the winter night to appreciate the stillness for Carlyle Norman & honour your memory my precious kindred spirit this melody is for you???