New Must-Have Western Canada Guidebooks for 2016

May 20th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

While many climbers have turned to keeping track of their ascents on sites like 8a.nu and Sendage.com, nothing will replace the convenience of a guidebook. Some sites such as Mountainproject.com and thecrag.com have built […]


Watch Film about Riders on the Storm: Big Patagonia Route that Almost Went Free

May 19th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, Mountain, News, Profiles, Routes, Video | No Comments »

On February 6, top free climbers Ines Papert and Mayan Smith-Gobat summited Torres Central, in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. They climbed the big east face. 25 years after the first ascent, […]


Basecamp Podcast Discussion with David Lama

May 17th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, Mountain, News, Profiles, Routes | No Comments »

David Lama is currently one of the world’s leading alpine free climbers, but like many of today’s top senders he started in a gym. In 2004 and 2005, he was the Youth World Champion. […]


A Big New Route on West Coast’s Kings Peak

May 17th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

Ryan Van Horne and Marie-Lou Piché climbed a new 500-metre 5.9 up Kings Peak on Vancouver Island. The new route climbs one of the many southeast buttresses before it joins the East Couloir and East […]


Strong Brits Repeat Hard Yosemite Route El Nino

May 17th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, Mountain, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes | No Comments »

British climbers Robbie Phillips and Jacob Cook have both sent El Nino 5.13c on El Cap in Yosemite. “This doesn’t just count as another big rock climb for me to tick of the list, […]


Legendary Quebec Climber Jean Sylvain Dies at 82

May 16th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles | 1 Comment »

Quebec climber Hugo Drouin remembers Jean Sylvain with notes of Sylvain’s impressive climbing life. In the early 1950s, Jean Sylvain began climbing in Quebec after his mom got him a book on climbing in […]


Canadians Receive 2016 Shipton-Tilman Award for Big Objectives

May 16th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, Mountain, News, Profiles, Routes | No Comments »

Nearly 90 years ago, Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman changed the history of mountaineering with a lightweight, low-impact climbing philosophy that still inspires today’s adventurers. In honour of these two brave explorers, each year […]