IFSC 2016 World Cup: Canadians Heading to Arco for Lead and Speed

August 25th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Competition, Comps, Events, News, Profiles, Rock, Video | No Comments »

The Rock Master Festival 2016 kicks off in Arco, Italy. The week-long event will feature the IFSC Lead World Cup and Arco Rock Legends this weekend. A number of Canadians will be competing at […]


Squamish Sender Stu Smith Featured in Short Film

August 25th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Routes, Video, West Coast | No Comments »

Stu Smith has had a strong year in Squamish. With a number of first ascents of run-out X-rated 5.13s to his name, he is quickly proving that hard Squamish lines are anything but climbed […]


Old Bugaboos Route Freed and New 5.12 Climbed

August 24th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

The Bugaboos have been busy this summer. If you have been up there, then you know how crowded Applebee Campground is. The hut is booked well into September and in the past month there […]


Hard New 1,000-Metre Route on Postern Mountain in Ramparts

August 23rd, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Rock | No Comments »

Postern Mountain is one of the big quartzite peaks in the Ramparts along the B.C. and Alberta border. It’s large northwest face had been talked about among Canadian alpine climbers for years. This August, […]


Edu Marin Repeats Big 5.14b in Switzerland

August 23rd, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes | No Comments »

Edu Marin, 31, has made the second ascent of Wogu 5.14b in the Ratikon, Switzerland, with his father Francisco Marin belaying. It was bolted by Beat Kammerlander and first freed by Adam Ondra. The […]


Chinese Puzzle Wall in B.C. Pieced Together in Hidden Dragon

August 21st, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

Freeing the Chinese Puzzle Wall has been attempted in the past, but it took the team of Brette Harrington and Marc-Andre Leclerc to piece a route together. Their new line is called Hidden Dragon […]


Alex Megos’ Second Ascent Onsight of The Shining 5.13d on Mount Louis

August 20th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

Thanks to Sonnie Trotter, Alex Megos has hit a Rockies grand slam: first ascent of a 5.15b called Fightclub, first ascent of a 5.14d called Full Nelson, flash of The Path 5.14R and an […]