In the world of professional rock climbing, Emilie is exceptional by any standard. Since she started climbing in 2008, her intuitive climbing style, cool trad head and uncanny ability to find a rest in the most unlikely of places has earned her understandable recognition among her climbing peers. Predominately a rock climber, although she dabbles in ice and mixed climbing, Emilie has sport climbed 8b+, bouldered V10, and in 2020 made history as the first Canadian woman, and one of only a handful of elite female climbers anywhere in the world, to have climbed 5.14 trad. In particular it is her drive and proficiency when onsighting hard trad routes that she is best known for, and with well over 80 trad and sport onsight ascents of 5.13c (8a+) or harder—on a diverse range of rock types—it’s easy to see how she gained her reputation.
Emilie, who grew up in Repentigny in Quebec, Canada, found rock climbing when, at 18, she was looking for somewhere to direct her energy:
“I had a falling out from a metal band that I slayed electric guitar in and was looking for a new outlet,” says Emilie. “Rock climbing wasn’t a ‘thing’ at that point. In fact, I’d never heard of someone getting up an overhanging face of rock with a rope before.”
Rock climbing quickly did become a ‘thing’ for Emilie though as she dove into the local scene, fast becoming acquainted with placing gear at her local crags in Val David and finding every opportunity to get out and climb. Within months Emilie was packing up and hitting the road, following her intuition and seeking out a life of travel and climbing. Little did she know that this was the first step to her becoming one of the most accomplished Canadian rock climbers around, and since then she has amassed a jaw-dropping tick list of hard onsights, flashes and redpoints from more than 150 locations across 13 countries, from North and Central America to Europe, Asia and Australia.