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.





Bubba’s Alpine Album

June 26th, 2015 by gripped | Posted in 2011.06, Articles, Profiles | Comments Off on Bubba’s 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.





10 Years of Tour de Bloc

June 14th, 2013 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in 2013.03, article, Bouldering, Competition, Comps, Events, News | 1 Comment »

In it’s 10 year history as Canada’s national climbing series, the Tour de Bloc has organized over 144 events in 35 different gyms with close to 20,000 competitors. Here is a photo retrospectve of […]