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 […]


Out of This World at Helmcken Falls with Interstellar Spice

February 6th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Ice, International, Mountain, News, Routes | Comments Off on Out of This World at Helmcken Falls with Interstellar Spice

Interstellar Spice might be Canada’s longest and most difficult pitch of its kind. World-class climbers Klemen Premrl and Tim Emmett recently spent a week at Canada’s remote Helmcken Falls in B.C establishing Interstellar Spice. […]


Watch Coastal B.C. Ice Climbing on the Duffey

February 6th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Routes, Video, West Coast | Comments Off on Watch Coastal B.C. Ice Climbing on the Duffey

The 2016 ice season has been off to a great start in the Coast Mountains. Loose Lady is a classic 150-metre WI4+ near Lilloet. First climbed in 1985 by Carl Austrom and John Howe, […]


Black Diamond Carabiner Recall

February 4th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Accessories, Gear, Hardware, Ice, Mountain, News, Rock | Comments Off on Black Diamond Carabiner Recall

Black Diamond Equipment has voluntarily issued a recall, subject to user inspection, of carabiners, quickdraws and nylon runners because of the possibility of product irregularities. In some carabiners, the gate rivets (in solid gate […]