Gripped Magazine

Bouldering

Ashima and Kai light it up at the Ring of Fire

The 2014 Ring of Fire Climbing Competition’s final round was on May 3 at Central Rock in Watertown M.A. The two young crushers who have been making headlines of late, Kai Lightner and Ashima Shiraishi, took top spots in the open category, an amazing performance by two
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Results from Western Regional Finals

After an exciting competition at Cliffhanger climbing gym in Coquitlam B.C., the event wrapped up Easter evening. A strong field of competitors kept the comp interesting, Canmore finished with wins in four categories, Calgary in two, Coquitlam and Nanaimo with one each. Top three
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Tick Season!

Ticks are little critters that run wild in spring, especially in dry areas. They are sneaky little bugs which can bring about serious long-term health problems if not caught in time.  In Canada, we have approximately 40 species of tick, but fortunately, only a few of them can
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McColl and Sethna Win at Nationals

Sean McColl and Elise Sethna beat a talented field of athletes to finish first place at the 2014 Canadian Bouldering Championships at Coyote Rock in Ottawa. Report and photos by Aidas Odonelis Neither McColl or Sethna went into the finals in top spot, for the results of the
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Alain Robert Climbs Ariane Tower

Alain Robert has soloed many of the world’s largest buildings and the 51-year-old shows no signs of slowing down.   Robert is a French rock climber from Digoin, Saone-et-Loire,Bourgogne, France. He is known as the French Spider Man or the Human Spider. He is famous for
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Mirko Caballero is Youngest to Send V14

Mirko Caballero, the 13-year-old bouldering phenom, has just sent one V-grade higher than his age, his first V14. Welcome to being a teenager Caballero, and congratulations on being the youngest person to climb a V14. Paul Robinson made the first ascent of the sit-start in 2012,
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McColl Sends 14d on Second Try

Many climbers can climb V14, many climbers climb 5.14d, few climbers can climb both. Sean McColl is proving he is not only Canada’s top rock climber, he is one of the world’s top rock climbers. After an extended road trip where he focused on tackling blocs, he has
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Climbing News

The world of climbing is busy with competitions, hard repeats and first ascents. Here are a few of the stories making headlines. The Tepui  Rolando Larcer, Maurizo Ovigliz and Luca Giupponi made the first ascent up the North Face of Akopan Tepui in Venezuelza, Escalador
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Climbing News

The world of climbing is busy with competitions, hard repeats and first ascents. Here are a few of the stories making headlines. Somewhere Over the Rainbow Rock and Ice reported on a new five-pitch M11 in Ouray, Colorado. Jason Nelson and Beth Goralski climbed Somewhere Over the
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McColl Sends Meadowlark Lemon Sit Start

Sean McColl has sent Meadowlark Lemon Sit, V14. Paul Robinson made the first ascent in 2012, two year after he established the stand start. The route has been repeated a number of times by Dave Graham, Carlo Traversi, Niccolò Ceria, James Webb, Daniel Woods and others. Originally
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