Gripped Magazine

January 6, 2014

Aconcogua Fatalities

Two Americans have died on Aconcagua, 6,962 m, South America’s highest peak. Jarod Von Rueden, 22, and Francis Keenan, 28, set out for Aconcogua on December 20. Josep Foncen, 19, was with them, but refused to continue climbing and turned around before the Polish Glacier,
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Robert Jasper Climbs New Bold Mixed Routes in Switzerland

On December 11, Robert Jasper and Wolfram Liebich have made the first ascent of The Black Death, WI7/M8, E5, 250 m, on Gallihorns, in Kandersteg, Switzerland. Earlier in the year he climbed Ritter der Kokosnub, M12, WI5, 165 m on the Breitwangflue, also in Kandersteg. The Black
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Boulders Climbing Gym Clinic

January 5, 2013, Central Saanich, BC – The Boulders Climbing Gym had close to 50 climbers, coaches, volunteers and support staff which took part in the Boulders second annual Competition Climbing Clinic. The Clinic was an opportunity for climbers, coaches and volunteers to
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Guadalacazar, Mexico

Guadalacazar, first ascents by Urs Moosmuller Guadalacazar is a farming town an hour north of San Louis Potosi in central Mexico. The limestone caves have become Urs Moosmuller’s obsession and he has established a number of high quality, difficult routes. Enki, 5.14a,
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New Saalachtal, Austria, V11

Saalachtal is a popular bouldering area near Innusbruck. Andreas Einwaller climbed a new V11, Jägermeister, at Saalachtal which has hundreds of bouldering problems. Saalachtal – Bouldern [] from Andreas Einwaller on Vimeo.
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Kruk and Leclerc Climb Classic Patagonia Route

Todo O Nada on Cerro El Mocho Patagonia has had a cold, windy start to the 2014 season. Jason Kruk made the most of a blustery New Year’s day by climbing Tolo O Nada, 85 degrees, 350 m, with fellow Squamish resident, Marc-Andre Leclerc.
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Patxi Usobiaga Sends First 5.14b in Two Years

Elite competition climber Patxi Usobiaga has climbed his first 5.14b since suffering injuries in a car accident a number of years ago. After the accident he retired from competition climbing and focused on other sports. In an interview with, Usobiaga said, “I have not
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Polar Circus, WI5, 700 m

Polar Circus, on Cirrus Mountain in the Rockies, is one of the most famous ice routes, anywhere. The location, accessibility, length, grade and history have elevated the route to classic status. Polar Circus has 700 metres of elevation gain with 500 metres being waterfall ice.
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Video: Mexico, El Chonta Rodel

Petzl Rock Trip Mexico Petzl Roctrip Mexico 2010 – El Chonta Rodeo from Petzl-sport on Vimeo.
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