Hot Rock Cold Water: Canadian Deep Water Soloing

July 20th, 2015 by gripped | Posted in 2009.04, Articles, Profiles | Comments Off on Hot Rock Cold Water: Canadian Deep Water Soloing

Many climbers believe that deep water soloing(DWS) is the latest trend, but climbing above water existed long before climbers knew what ot call it. Its purest form happens every time kids go swimming, scramble up rocks and jump back into water. The most recent version encourages difficult climbing and the competitiveness found in conventional roped ascents.


The Squamish Buttress Butt-Face Variation

July 17th, 2015 by gripped | Posted in 2011.04, Articles, Profiles | Comments Off on The Squamish Buttress Butt-Face Variation

While hiking down that evening, I swore I’d go back to finish cleaning the route. The climbing was so much fun that I wanted to share it. Knowing that there was a 5.9 solution to the summit of the Cheif was too difficult for me to ignore…I wouldn’t let this line go until it was done.





Thomasina Pidgeon on V12, Squamish and Motherhood

July 15th, 2015 by gripped | Posted in 2009.08, Articles, Profiles | Comments Off on Thomasina Pidgeon on V12, Squamish and Motherhood

One of Canada’s most exceptional female climbers, Thomasina Pidgeon, is raising a child, climbing every second day and showing no signs of slowing down.





Barry Blanchard’s Awesome Alpine Album

June 26th, 2015 by gripped | Posted in 2011.06, Articles, Profiles | Comments Off on Barry Blanchard’s Awesome Alpine Album

The perfection of the climbing touched me. It was like my imagination had merged into reality and my dreams had left the vault of my mind to create the ice and granite that I was ascending.





Get to Know the Diggers

May 11th, 2015 by gripped | Posted in 2011.06, Articles, Profiles | Comments Off on Get to Know the Diggers

While steep, hard climbs are naturally cleaner, moderate routes are covered in vegetation. To become rock climbs, they require the work of the Diggers, a leaderless, non-organized collective of otherwise ordinary climbers.





Beware the Trundler, By Kevin McLane

April 19th, 2015 by gripped | Posted in 2010.04, Articles, Profiles | Comments Off on Beware the Trundler, By Kevin McLane

The number of climbers in Squamish, continues to double every decade and environmental impacts have risen sharply from relentless human traffic and the unrepaired ravages of winter storms.





Climbing Accidents in the Rockies

January 5th, 2015 by gripped | Posted in 2012.03, Articles, Profiles | 1 Comment »

Alpine historians and mountain guides reflect on how modern Rockies climbers might avoid the circumstances that led to tragedy in the past.