Wasabi is New Steep WI5+ Ice Route in Rockies

February 27th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles | No Comments »

Wasabi is a new 150-metre WI5+ above Shadow Lake in the Rockies with a bit of history behind it. In 2011, Jiro Kurihara, Mike and Pat Lalonde climbed 100 metres of a not fully […]


Tour de Bloc 14 at Grand River Rocks, Seven Bays and Gniess

February 26th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Competition, Comps, Events, News, Profiles | No Comments »

Tour de Bloc 14 is heading into its final weeks of the 2016/17 season. This was one of the most memorable years with more climbers than ever competing at the 17 events so far […]


American Margo Hayes Sends La Rambla 5.15a, Makes History

February 26th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes | No Comments »

According to the climber’s site 8a.nu, Margo Hayes sent La Rambla 5.15a in Spain. “Margo Hayes has become the first female to have mastered the 9a+ [5.15a] grade by doing La Rambla in Siurana […]


Laura Rogora Sends Joe Cita 5.14d in Oliana

February 26th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Rock | No Comments »

The young Italian sender Laura Rogora has sent Joe Cita 5.14d in Oliana, Spain. The 15-year-old is a leading climber with a number of hard sends to her name. Joe Cita was first climbed […]


American Matty Hong Sends La Rambla 5.15a

February 26th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock | No Comments »

Top American climber Matty Hong has ticked La Rambla 5.15a in Siurana, Spain. The steep route, and one of the most repeated 5.15s, is found at the El Pati crag. After his send, Hong […]


Watch First Ascent of Big Psycho Killer in Newfoundland

February 26th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in East, Ice, News, Profiles, Routes | No Comments »

Anna Pfaff and Will Mayo have established another monster new route in Newfoundland. This big 200-metre line clocks in at WI7+ M9 and is being called Psycho Killer. The route climbs up ice to […]


Jacob Cook Sends New 5.13d Slab in Squamish

February 25th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

British crusher Jacob Cook has ticked a new 5.13d in Squamish at the Lower Tier of Crag X at the Smoke Bluffs. This first free ascent is only a day after Stu Smith climbed […]