Gripped Magazine

May 26, 2014

Matti A. Jokinen 1932 to 2014

Matti A. Jokinen is said to be the father of Finnish climbing. Born in 1932, he started climbing 20 years later. Finnish climbing began when the medical student Jokinen climbed the Matterhorn in 1954. Returning to Finland, Jokinen found the first local crag, Heaven Cliff. In
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80s Rock Climbing Arcade Games

In 1981, Chris Sharma was born and 5.14a was still five years away from being climbed, but two climbing arcade games had hit the market. Yes, this is for real. In 981, Taito released Rock Climber and based on this Youtube video, the main objective seems to be to climb and collect
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Ontario SUP-Access Bouldering

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is becoming a popular sport among climbers. It’s a great rest-day activity, plus you can access some amazing off-piste climbing. In Ontario, rocky outcrops line the shores on many of the thousands of lakes. In the past, climbers have used motor
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Video: The Birthday Challenge

Alex Johnson sets her sights on climbing 25 routes on her 25th birthday. Not a bad way to celebrate the quarter-century. Source: Epic TV
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Monks in Meteora go for a rappel

Monks in Meteora, Greece, rappel from the Skete of St. Gregory. This was a historic event, as it was the first ceremony of its kind in 50 years. The monastic community of Meteora had some help from the Fire Department of Kalabaka to perform the Liturgy at the Skete St. Gregory.
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Climbing the Friedberg Castle

The north end of the Friedberg Castle complex is a tower known as the Adolfsturm or Adolf’s Tower. The tower is 54 metres tall and is said to be the highest historic tower in Germany. The story of this is that in 1347 Count Adolf of Nassau was captured in feud that went on
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Toronto World Cup: 5 days away

The Toronto World Cup will run from May 31 to June 1, here is Monday’s news and flashback. The World Cup is held in Hamilton, Ontario, but it is known as the Toronto World Cup. Read about Gravity climbing gym’s history here. Route setting begins today. Athletes have
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