Canada’s First Climbing World Cup

August 17th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.04, Articles | Comments Off on Canada’s First Climbing World Cup

Dung Nguyen leaned forward in his seat and finished a sentence with “…and then we can take all this and apply for a World Cup. A World Cup would be next.”


Two to Peru

May 30th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.03, Articles | Comments Off on Two to Peru

Their plan was simple. Drive south through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama to the end of the road at Panama City, hitting every bar and beach along the way. Leave the car in Panama, fly to Bogota in COlombia, travel by bus through Colombia and Ecuador into Peru, and try to climb at least one 6,000 m peak.





10 Most Influential North American Climbing Titles

May 30th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.03, Articles | Comments Off on 10 Most Influential North American Climbing Titles

Although North America is not the birthplace of climbing, it is a continent that has given the pursuit many of its defining characteristics:crack climbing, ice-climbing, big wall climbing and V-grades among them. In contrast to Europe, it’s a place where getting to the route sometimes poses as much of a challenge as climbing it.





Older + Stronger: Top Canadian Women Climbers

April 5th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.02, Articles | Comments Off on Older + Stronger: Top Canadian Women Climbers

It is said that inspiration comes from the most unlikely sources, and here was a regular woman who was pushing her personal limits in a way I had never seen before at any crag.





El Capitan 1969

April 5th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.02, Articles | Comments Off on El Capitan 1969

We were just a couple of twenty-year-olds from Squamish. We could do this, Couldn’t we? The Nose was one of the biggest climbs of its type in the world in 1969 and at 31 pitches, two or three times longer than the longest climb we had done. It was big, psychologically and physically.





Bolting Is Not a Crime

March 11th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.01, Articles | Comments Off on Bolting Is Not a Crime

Where does a climber’s legal responsibility start and end when bolting new routes or updating old hardware?





Northern Faces – Knut Rokne

December 15th, 2010 by gripped | Posted in 2010.06, Articles | Comments Off on Northern Faces – Knut Rokne

We head to the Calgary Climbing Centre, where Rokne is head coach for a dedicated team of young climbers. For a number of years, the CCC youth team has trained twice a week in the wee morning hours, and while this may not be the most ideal time to handle twenty or so hormone infused teenagers, Rokne has stepped up to the challenge year after year.