Busy Month, New Routes and Sends at Acephale

August 21st, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

Acephale has long been one of Alberta’s go-to sport climbing crags for strong climbers. There is a high concentration of 5.12s, 5.13s and 5.14s and a relatively short approach. @becca_frangos latching the thank god […]


Andy Raether Sends Old Project in Nevada at 5.14d

August 21st, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Video | No Comments »

Andy Raether has made the first ascent of Manphibian 5.14d at Mount Charleston in Nevada seven years after bolting the steep line. A post shared by Andy Raether – Menagerie Holds (@menagerieclimb) on Jul […]


Gord McArthur Sends World’s First D16 in B.C.

August 17th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock | No Comments »

Gord McArthur has established many big rigs over the years, including some now-classic winter mixed lines. But his most recent first ascent is by far the most impressive. Storm Giant has been a project […]


Trotter’s War Hammer his Castle Mountain Magnum Opus

August 16th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

Sonnie Trotter’s recent link-up of three routes on Castle Mountain combines new-school climbing with an old-school route up one of Canada’s most iconic peaks. He has named the 15-pitch 5.14a link-up War Hammer. In […]


Dan Beland Puts Down Captain America 5.14b

August 16th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Rock, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

Dan Beland has reached the top of another Big Show route in Chek with his anchor clip of Captain America 5.14b. Beland, who has now climbed 14 5.14as, four 5.14bs and three 5.14c noted […]


New 27-Pitch B.C. Big Wall is Sacred Stone

August 16th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

Evan Guilbault and Colin Landeck recently returned from “the adventure of our lives,” as Guilbault puts it. After nearly two weeks in the backcountry of B.C., they made the first ascent of one of […]


Evan Hau’s Honour and Glory is Canada’s Second 5.15

August 15th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock | No Comments »

Evan Hau has made the first ascent of his project at The Coliseum in Echo Canyon on Grotto Mountain near Canmore. He called the steep route Honour and Glory and graded it 5.15a, it’s […]