The Okanagan’s Bouldering Boom

October 5th, 2012 by gripped | Posted in 2012.05, Articles | Comments Off on The Okanagan’s Bouldering Boom

Currently, the Okanagan boasts at least 10 bouldering areas with over 1000 established problems. The rock varies from Tuolumne-style, knobby granite to RMNP-esque boulder fields filled with ridiculously featured Monashee gneiss. Settings range from lakeside escapes to higher elevation “kid in a candy store” boulder fields.


Mammut Photo Contest Winners

August 7th, 2012 by gripped | Posted in 2012.04, Articles | Comments Off on Mammut Photo Contest Winners

Winners of the Mammut Photo Contest.





Route Develpment -The First Rule of Dig Club

August 3rd, 2012 by gripped | Posted in 2012.04, Articles | Comments Off on Route Develpment -The First Rule of Dig Club

I had broken the First Rule of Dig Club. The First Rule of Dig Club is: you do not talk about Dig Club. The First Rule prevents the public from seeing and reacting to the removal of vegetation and therefore maintains their naïve ideas about the origin of rock climbs. It also keeps Diggers in the closet, equally naïve about how to develop a route of quality.





Jean-Pierre Ouellet is Addicted to Cracks

August 3rd, 2012 by gripped | Posted in 2012.04, Articles, Profiles | Comments Off on Jean-Pierre Ouellet is Addicted to Cracks

In the Belle Province, almost everyone who climbs knows Jean-Pierre ‘Peewee’ Ouellet. The crack phenom has been on the forefront of hard trad climbing for years, not only at home, but in the States as well. But his tick list goes beyond simply doing hard 5.13 cracks. He also climbs up to 5.14 in sport, boulders double-digits and climbs difficult ice and mixed routes.





Transformation on the Troll Wall. Rock Climbing in Norway.

June 6th, 2012 by gripped | Posted in 2012.03, Articles | Comments Off on Transformation on the Troll Wall. Rock Climbing in Norway.

Above the Great Wall we encountered a pitch called The Black Cleft. Neither of us in our combined months of climbing experience had ever climbed something so brutish, dank and unprotected And more past that, until dusk found us on a small ledge with just enough wet moss to suck some water out to quell our thirsts.





Competition Motivation + Women

April 10th, 2012 by gripped | Posted in 2012.02, Articles | Comments Off on Competition Motivation + Women

It doesn’t matter if you are male or female; getting your ass up that project is going to be a chore. Yet there are some unique circumstances that shape and influence women climbers.





Interview with A Champion Sean McColl

April 10th, 2012 by gripped | Posted in 2012.02, Articles | Comments Off on Interview with A Champion Sean McColl

With his numerous wins at the junior World Cup competition wins, repeated podium finishes at World Cups as an adult and redpoints of hard routes like Dreamcatcher 5.14d, Sean McColl has emerged as Canada’s top rock climber.