Northern Ontatio’s Reflection Wall is a WI5 Gem

December 1st, 2016 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in East, Profiles, Routes | No Comments »

Reflection Wall is the classic WI5 testpiece of Northern Ontario. A steep and yellow 50-metre wall of ice that forms on a solid wall of basalt. Close to Highway 11, Reflection Wall is one of the […]


The Professor Falls is a Must-Climb Rockies Ice Moderate

December 1st, 2016 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

Professor Falls is a Canadian classic. The name comes from Professor Eckhard Grassman, one of the first ascensionists, who took a fall on the route in 1974. This route forms early and usually lasts until March […]


Banff’s Cascade Falls, Rogan’s Gully and Urs Hole are Top Ice Routes

December 1st, 2016 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

Only minutes from Banff and close to Canmore, Cascade Mountain has a number of classic ice climbs on its eastern, lower tier of Palliser limestone. The routes are easy to access, park at the first […]


Polar Circus is a Classic 700-metre WI5 in the Rockies

December 1st, 2016 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

Polar Circus, on Cirrus Mountain in the Rockies, is one of the most famous ice routes in the world of ice climbing. The location, accessibility, length, grade and history have elevated the route to […]


A Basecamp Podcast Conversation with Canadian Sharon Wood

October 25th, 2016 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Profiles | Comments Off on A Basecamp Podcast Conversation with Canadian Sharon Wood

Sharon Wood was the first woman from North America to summit Mount Everest. Wood talks to Gripped editor and Base Camp Radio host Brandon Pullan about her life before Everest, the trip to the […]


Watch a Tribute to Ice Climbing Legend Guy Lacelle

October 23rd, 2016 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Profiles, Video | Comments Off on Watch a Tribute to Ice Climbing Legend Guy Lacelle

This film commemorates the life of Guy Lacelle, who was regarded as one of the world’s leading ice climbers. In 2009, at the age of 54, Lacelle was killed by an avalanche during a […]


Crazy! Ice Climber Rides Falling Pillar, Walks Away Unharmed

October 13th, 2016 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Rockies, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Crazy! Ice Climber Rides Falling Pillar, Walks Away Unharmed

A few years ago, John Freeman was soloing a steep pillar of ice on the Icefields Parkway in Alberta. Transitioning from the pillar to the safer ice above, the pillar fractured and Freeman fell […]