Gripped Magazine

March 19, 2014

Sardinia Bouldering

Sardinia is not only a magical land but also a climber’s paradise – with lots and lots of rock, the majority of which is still unexplored. In the collective imagination the region is a sea of limestone, but in fact, it’s the amount of granite that most people
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Two New Routes in Europe

Here are two routes that have made the headlines on Planet Mountain this week. The Ring of Life, 5.14d/5.15a Silvio Reffo made the first ascent of the 55 move route at Covolo, Italy. “The ring of life is a classic examples of seeming impossible: at first I could hardly do
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McColl Sends 14d on Second Try

Many climbers can climb V14, many climbers climb 5.14d, few climbers can climb both. Sean McColl is proving he is not only Canada’s top rock climber, he is one of the world’s top rock climbers. After an extended road trip where he focused on tackling blocs, he has
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Trotter Takes to the Tools

The Candlestick Maker is in the Ghost, near Orient Point, just above Hidden Dragon and to the right of The Joker/Hooker. A short technical pillar pouring over an impressively large cave, followed by a longer second pitch of steep ice. Last weekend, Sonnie Trotter and Andy Arts
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