Gripped Magazine

July 9, 2009

July 7, 2009 – McColl Double Qualifier

Having already achieved podium success at separate World Cup lead and bouldering competitions, Canadian Sean McColl this weekend redefined technical mastery by qualifying in both events during the World Championships in Qinghai, China.
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July 6, 2009 – John Bachar (1957 – 2009)

John Bachar was found dead at the base of Dike Wall in Mammoth California. Authorities presume Bachar fell while soloing.
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Stanhope Climbs Cobra Crack

Will Stanhope appears to be riding the sending train. Having recently dispatched the Smith Rock trad testpiece the East Face of Monkey Face 13d, Stanhope has now also bagged the fifth ascent of the difficult Squamish crack climb, Cobra Crack 14b.
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Rick Mercer on Ice in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay has the largest Finnish community outside Finland. Rick Mercer visited Thunder Bay in February, 2009, eager to explore two of its enduring traditions– hearty food and the "sauna".
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First Winter Ascent of Makalu

On Feb 9, 2009, Italian Simone Moro and Denis Urubko of Kazakhstan became the first party to reach the summit of Makalu (8462 m) in winter.
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Winter Ascents on Cap Trinite

The experienced Quebec team of Nicolae Balan and Louis-Phillipe Ménard skied into Quebec’s famous big wall, Cap Trinite, in March.
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Bernd Zangerl Back

In 2001, Bernd Zangerl burst upon the bouldering scene with his repeat of Fred Nicole’s seminal Dreamtime V14, graded V15 at the time. What's he been doing since?
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MEC Tour de Bloc Eastern Regionals

Warming temps and the Easter long weekend did not stop a deep field of the region’s best from signing up to pull on plastic as the Tour made its way back to Coyote Rock Gym in Ottawa for the 2009 MEC Tour de Bloc Eastern Regionals.
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With their increased efficiency and consistent all-weather performance, mechanical ascenders have almost eliminated the need for traditional prusiks for aid climbing, complex haul systems and emergency rescue. And while all ascenders are capable of moving up a fixed rope, models
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On Teaching Teens to Climb

Teaching a teenager to climb can be like giving your beloved family pet to a pack of jackals. You’ve cared for this pet, fed it, petted it, worried about it, and loved it even when it was indifferent to you. But the jackals don’t know that. Teacher and climber Peter Brown
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