Gripped Magazine

May 8, 2014

Video: How to belay on a multi-pitch

How to belay on a multi pitch climb a.k.a. top down belaying. How to set up a belay on the top of a pitch to belay your second up using a guide style “autoblocking” belay device.  
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Video: Kai and Ashima win Ring of Fire

Kai Lightner and Ashima Shiraishi, took top spots in the open category, an amazing performance by two inspirational athletes. A short flick with a great edit. Video of Lightner on Southern Smoke Video of Ashima Shiraishi on Warrior Princes Here is a video of the finals from Ring
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Everything you want to know about Squamish

Thousands of climbers roll into Squamish every year in search of that granite fix the area is known for. In 2008, Kevin McLane, the author of many of the now-famous Squamish guidebooks, authored a report title Squamish Climbing Strategy Report. The report is a document which
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The ultimate climber’s van?

Climbers have been in search of the best way to live on the road, access climbs, be cheap and have a cozy sleep, for decades. The new VW T5 Campervan uses a revolutionary “double back” system to double its size.
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Rock Divas, Climbing School for Girls

Rock Divas in Canning, N.S., is the first all girls climbing school on the east coast. The Annapolis Valley gym in the Canning Rec. Centre says, “It teaches girls physical and mental strength.” Erin Gullison, 14, said, “At first it didn’t seem like a good
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A Climbing Life is Never Wasted

The 61-year-old Francisco Marin became the first person to climb the grade. In the Epic TV episode one we watched him climb the route, now listen to him talk about his lifestyle. An inspiring story about why a climbing life is never wasted.
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Finlayson Sends Superman

Squamish climber, Jamie Finlayson, who has a piece on Squamish climbing in our June issue, has sent Superman 5.14c on the Big Show at Cheakamus. Finlayson sent the route which was first climbed by Sonnie Trotter in 2002, second ascent by Sean McColl in 2004, on May 7. Finlayson
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Nice weather for Toronto climbers

The weather forecast is calling for highs of 20 C with sunny skies. If you have been waiting for the perfect weekend to get out of the city, this is it. A few climbers managed to get out for a few laps this week, things are shaping up nicely. For the weather see here. Take a
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