The D4 Portaledge Revolutionizes Big Wall Sleeps

March 2nd, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Video | 1 Comment »

The D4 Portaledge is here to revolutionize big wall climbing. John Middendorf created the first storm-proof portaledge in the 1980s, testing each iteration on the world’s toughest big walls. By sharing the technology though his […]


Interview with Grant Statham on Ice Climbing and Avalanche Awareness

March 2nd, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, Mountain, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Interview with Grant Statham on Ice Climbing and Avalanche Awareness

Grant Statham is based in Canmore and has been ice climbing for 30 years. For most of that time, Statham has worked as an IFMGA mountain guide and a leading avalanche forecaster doing a […]


Jeff Lowe Receives 2017 Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement

March 1st, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles | Comments Off on Jeff Lowe Receives 2017 Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement

The following statement was issued by the Piolet d’Or for Jeff Lowe’s 2017 lifetime achievement awards. For more on this year’s event taking place in April see here. One of Jeff Lowe’s greatest climbs […]


Funemployed is New Two-Pitch Northern Ontario Mixed Route

March 1st, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles, Rock | Comments Off on Funemployed is New Two-Pitch Northern Ontario Mixed Route

Dave Rone and Aric Fishman established a new two-pitch mixed route on the imposing School House Wall in the Ice Palace Area of Orient Bay, north of Nipigon and Lake Superior. The pair completed […]


Watch Pou Brothers on New Patagonia Route Aupa 40

March 1st, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Video | Comments Off on Watch Pou Brothers on New Patagonia Route Aupa 40

Iker and Eneko Pou have climbed a new route up the east face of Aguja Guillaumet in Patagonia, which they called Aupa 40. The 525-metre alpine route goes at M7. Patagonia has not been […]


New Weeping Wall WI5 is Lynx and List of Area Climbs

March 1st, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on New Weeping Wall WI5 is Lynx and List of Area Climbs

The Weeping Wall Area is on the Icefields Parkway north of Banff on Cirrus Mountain and faces southwest. The first ascent of the Lower Weeping Wall was by Rob Wood and Bugs McKeith in […]


Umbrellas Popular at Successful Southern Ontario Ice Fest

February 28th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Events, Events, Ice, News, Profiles | Comments Off on Umbrellas Popular at Successful Southern Ontario Ice Fest

The Ontario ice climbing festival took place on Feb. 25 and 26 and lots of keen climbers made the trip. The forecast called for rain and weather delivered a mix of everything. Many ice […]