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 […]


Canadians Sending in Japan, Scotland, Patagonia and Tasmania

February 1st, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Ice, International, Mountain, News, Rock, Routes | Comments Off on Canadians Sending in Japan, Scotland, Patagonia and Tasmania

Some of Canada’s top climbers have gone abroad for ice, rock and icy rock.  First was a trip to Scotland for the icy rock. Alpine climbers Ian Welsted and Raphael Slawinski were invited to the […]