Interview with Benoit Gosselin, Owner of Canmore’s Vertical Addiction

March 4th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Ice, Mountain, News, Rock | Comments Off on Interview with Benoit Gosselin, Owner of Canmore’s Vertical Addiction

Canmore is one of Canada’s all-round climbing towns and Vertical Addiction is the go-to shop for climbers. Located between Calgary and Banff National Park, Canmore has been home to climbers for over 100 years. While […]


Gaetan Raymond Repeats Line Above the Sky D15

March 1st, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Rock | Comments Off on Gaetan Raymond Repeats Line Above the Sky D15

A Line Above the Sky is one of the world’s hardest dry-tooling routes at D15 and is found at Tomorrow’s World in the Dolomites. The 50-metre roof was first climbed last month by Tom […]


Marc-Andre Leclerc Solos Three Routes on Stanley Headwall in a Day

February 26th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Ice, Mountain, News, Rock, Rockies, Routes | 2 Comments »

Squamish-based Marc-Andre Leclerc has set a new standard for Canadian winter mixed climbing.On Feb. 26, Leclerc reached the base of the Stanley Headwall, B.C.’s well-known alpine mixed “crag,” moments before sunrise. He waited patiently […]


Wojciech “Voytek” Kurtyka to Receive 2016 Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award

February 25th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Ice, Mountain, News | Comments Off on Wojciech “Voytek” Kurtyka to Receive 2016 Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award

Accomplished Polish alpinist Wojciech “Voytek” Kurtyka will receive the 2016 Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement award. Kurtyka was born in 1947 in Skrzynka, Lower Silesia, and learned English and German at a young age. He did […]


Big Sends, More Bears, a Bad Fall and Avalanches in the Rockies

February 23rd, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Ice, Mountain, News, Profiles | Comments Off on Big Sends, More Bears, a Bad Fall and Avalanches in the Rockies

The ice climbing season started with a bear attack on the Icefields Parkway and the action has hardly let up. Last week, top American climbers Jesse Huey and David Allfrey visited the Rockies. Allfrey’s […]


Missing Climber in Scotland Lived in Canada

February 17th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Ice, Mountain, News | Comments Off on Missing Climber in Scotland Lived in Canada

Rachel Slater and Tim Newton went missing this past weekend on a trip to Ben Nevis. It is unclear if the two were attempting a technical route or hiking and camping, but winter storms […]


Lucie Hrozová Sets Standard With New M15 In Colorado

February 16th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Ice, Mountain, News | Comments Off on Lucie Hrozová Sets Standard With New M15 In Colorado

Lucie Hrozová has made the first ascent of Saphira M15-, which is now the hardest mixed route in the U.S.A. On a recent visit to Colorado, Czech climber Hrozová won the Ouray Ice Fest […]