A Bouldering Affair – Still in Love After All These Years

February 8th, 2013 by gripped | Posted in 2013.01, Articles | Comments Off on A Bouldering Affair – Still in Love After All These Years

Against all the odds, as well as my cheating climbing heart and the endless mountain passes separating us, I’m still head-over-heels for the bouldering in Bishop, California.


Out of Nowhere – Nathan Kutcher

December 12th, 2012 by gripped | Posted in 2011.03, 2012.06, Articles | Comments Off on Out of Nowhere – Nathan Kutcher

If you looked at the roster for the men’s competition this past January, you probably wouldn’t have picked first-time competitor Nathan Kutcher of St. Catharines to win top honors. “Nobody in the competition had ever even heard of this guy,” competition director and Ouray Ice Park co-founder Bill Whitt said. “But he came and dominated.”





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.





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.