Who is Thomasina?
Thomasina Pidgeon’s life and work has taken many forms including being a professional climber, coach, writer and avid traveler. Since leaving Newfoundland at age 18, she has been exploring, learning, and ‘nomading’ out of various vans and on different continents for over 20 years. Thomasina’s semi-nomadic lifestyle has cultivated within her a deep respect and appreciation for natural spaces and instilled the importance of culture, community and minimal living. Reflective in nature, Thomasina enjoys inquiring into the truth of the matter at hand. Feeling a deep responsibility for Mother Earth and human rights, Thomasina is a passionate activist for social and environmental justice. Through use of words and images, Thomasina shares experiences and strives to dig deep and inspire discussion about the reality and kind of future we are creating.
When introduced to climbing at 24, it didn’t take long for it to consume her every thought and life decision. She has climbed in over 15 countries, became the first Canadian woman to boulder V10, V11, V12, and has since bouldered over 75 problems in this range and is rarely found on a rope. Thomasina has placed 1st (and last) in multiple national and international level bouldering competitions. In her late 30’s, she was a National Team member for 3-4 years where she balanced work, sole parenting, rock climbing, and competition climbing. Her best result of 29th at the IFSC Bouldering World Cup in 2015 at the ripe age of 40. In 2016, a serious shoulder injury forced her out of the game.
Her writing is a collection of stories and thoughts from life on the road, balancing motherhood and passions of climbing; injuries, success, failure, to reflections on past and current events.
Based out of the traditional, ancestral and unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Territory, her home is a 1998 Toyota Sienna Van which she shares with her beautiful 14 year old daughter Cedar who is quickly out climbing and outsmarting her in many ways. Thomasina runs a small gym, and balances motherhood, full-time political science studies and various passions like climbing, writing and photography.