IFSC Youth World Championships 2017 Report

September 13th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Competition, Comps, Events, News, Profiles | No Comments »

Team Canada was in fine form at the Youth World Championships 2017 in Innsbruck, Austria. While Canadians didn’t bring home any medals, there were a number of memorable moments, tops, Semis and Finals. Indiana […]


Shoulders of Giants is New-ish Squamish Aid

September 12th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock | No Comments »

Jon Rigg and Chris Trull have continued with their aid explorations on The Chief in Squamish by opening new ground. Their summer adventure took them up an unrepeated and unfinished 2002 project of Andrew […]


Watch Nalle Hukkataival on The Finnish Line V16

September 12th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in International, Routes, Video | No Comments »

Watch Nalle Hukkataival on The Finnish Line V16, his new route and likely Rocklands most difficult. “A gem rarer than diamonds,” is how Hukkataival describes The Finnish Line. Alex Megos made the second ascent […]


Markus Pucher’s First Winter Solo of Aguja Guillaumet

September 11th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in International, Mountain, News, Profiles, Routes | No Comments »

Markus Pucher has made the first winter solo of Aguja Guillaumet in Patagonia, during a very snowy year. On Sept. 8, the strong Austrian climber reached the top of the 2,579-metre peak, which was […]


Ben Harnden Sends V14 for Squamish Trifecta

September 11th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Routes, Video, West Coast | No Comments »

Watch Squamish-based Ben “Butters” Harnden makes the third ascent of The North Ridge V14 in Gibb’s Cave on the West Coast in this short clip by photographer Thomas Burden. With his V14 climb in […]


Said Belhaj Gets Lucky 13th on Cobra Crack 5.14

September 11th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock | No Comments »

It took Swedish climber Said Belhaj only eight days to sort out Cobra Crack 5.14b in Squamish for the route’s 13th free ascent. It’s also the third time the hard finger crack has been […]


Eight Breakthroughs in a Year, from V17 to 5.15d

September 11th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in International, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

It has been one of the most memorable years of climbing since Nalle Hukkataival pushed the grade-bar to the hard-to-imagine V17 grade. Since that big send in October 2016, climbers have been pushing every […]