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 […]


Watch Jon Griffith and Andy Houseman’s Link Sar Climb in Karakorum

February 25th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, Mountain, News, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Watch Jon Griffith and Andy Houseman’s Link Sar Climb in Karakorum

In July 2015, U.K. climbers Andy Houseman and Jon Griffith travelled to Charakusa Valley in Pakistan and made the first ascent of Link Sar West. The 6,938-metre summit took Griffith and various partners three […]


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 […]


Canadians and Canadian Routes on 2016 Piolet d’Or Longlist

February 23rd, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, Mountain, News, Rock, Routes | Comments Off on Canadians and Canadian Routes on 2016 Piolet d’Or Longlist

The 24th Piolet d’Or awards will be held in La Grave, France, on April 16 and 17. The Piolet d’Or have been called the Oscars of alpine climbing. Every year, a jury of accomplished […]


The 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival Roundup

February 23rd, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Events, Events, International, Mountain, News, Rock, Routes | Comments Off on The 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival Roundup

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) took place from Feb. 12 to 20 at a number of locations in Vancouver. By Drew Copeland VIMFF has progressed from humble beginnings in the North Vancouver’s […]


RAB Xenon X Hoodie and Torque Pants

February 22nd, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Apparel, Gear, Mountain, News, Rock | Comments Off on RAB Xenon X Hoodie and Torque Pants

Gripped’s editor spent a few days this winter trying RAB’s Xenon X Hoodie and Torque Pants on sport climbs and in the mountains. To many Canadians, RAB is not the most common outdoor brand […]


Splitter New Patagonia Alpine Routes by Japanese Team

February 20th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, Mountain, News, Rock, Routes | Comments Off on Splitter New Patagonia Alpine Routes by Japanese Team

The Japanese team consisting of Takaaki Nagato and Jumbo Katsutaka Yokoyama have climbed two splitter new routes in Patagonia. According to PlanetMountain.com, the climbers made a fast town-to-town ascent of The Last Gringo Standing […]