Christmas Tree is New Massive Ice Climb in China

February 8th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles | No Comments »

There are a number of ice routes in the Henan province of China, but the new Christmas Tree WI5/6 is the most spectacular. It was first climbed by Liu Yang and Chaun last week. […]


Hard V15 Sends in Spain and Switzerland

February 8th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Bouldering, News, Profiles | No Comments »

Ruben Diaz has made the second ascent of Albert Rocasolano’s La Teoría del Todo in Albarracín, Spain. Originally graded V16, Diaz said it is a V15 or V15+. This would be Diaz’s second V15 […]


Narrated Slideshow about John Bachar and John Long Solo Day

February 7th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Video | No Comments »

John Long’s gripping tale of a big free solo day with John Bachar, in Joshua Tree in the late 1970s. For the e-book with a collection of Long’s best stories and bonus readings visit […]


Watch Steve Townshend Project Greed 5.14 in 2017

February 7th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Rock | No Comments »

Watch some great drone footage of Steve Townshend getting his highpoint on Greed 8c+ [5.14c] in Tonsai, Thailand. This is a longterm project for Townshend. Drone footage by Benas Benediktas.


Patagonia to Boycott Outdoor Retailer in Utah

February 7th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Events, Events, News, Profiles, Rock | No Comments »

Patagonia says it won’t come to any more Outdoor Retailer shows held in Utah. The reason is because governor Gary Herbert signed a resolution on Friday calling on the federal government to repeal the […]


Watch Banana Peel to Squamish Buttress Linkup

February 7th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Routes, Video, West Coast | No Comments »

One of the most popular routes in Squamish is to climb Banana Peel 5.6 on the Apron and to link it with the Squamish Buttress. There are two options for the buttress, the easier […]


Technique Tuesday: How to Use a Prusik Hitch

February 7th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock | No Comments »

Using a prusik hitch is one of the oldest climbing techniques around. Every climber should know it, because you never know when you’re going to need it. It was developed in 1931 by Austrian […]