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A look back at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival

Another Banff International Film and Book Festival has come and gone. There were some heart-felt films, adrenaline rush clips and lots of memorable moments during the #NineEpicDays. By Brandon Pullan The nine-day event, which takes place in the heart of the Rockies at the Banff
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Sonnie Trotter attempts to free the North America Wall

The history of big wall free climbing can be witnessed on the walls of Yosemite. Canadian Sonnie Trotter recently tried to add to that history by making the first free ascent of the original North America Wall. The North America Wall was first climbed by Yvon Couinard, Tom Frost,
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Will Stanhope Frees El Cap in a Day

It seems to be big wall season in Yosemite. Despite the short days, a number climbers are heading up El Cap and Half Dome for warm November rock climbing. Will Stanhope and Jesse Huey had been attempting to link El Cap and Half Dome, all free in a day. Early in the morning, they
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Fourth Free Ascent of The Nose!!!

Jorg Verhoeven has made the fourth free ascent of The Nose. After three days, he sent the iconic route after sending the Great Roof on his first burn of the attempt. Verhoeven wrote on his Facebook, “Yeeeaaaaah! I freeclimbed the Nose!!! In three days, I managed to grab the
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Interview with Jeff Lowe

Jeff Lowe  is considered one of the pioneers of waterfall and alpine ice climbing in North America. Jeff’s climbing career spans six decades and he is known for his visionary climbs and alpine style philosophy. Jeff has made over 1,000 first ascent. Jeff Lowe is in Banff
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Jorg Verhoeven is working The Nose

Despite summer being over and winter not in full swing, this is the best time of year for late-season rock climbing and early-season ice. For a number of big wall free climbers, this is El Cap season. Verhoeven has been working on making the fourth free ascent of The Nose in
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Sasha DiGiulian makes another first female ascent

Sasha DiGiulian has made the first female ascent of Thanatopsis 5.14b at Red River Gorge in Kentucky. DiGiulian reported on social media, “My project is complete. After failing to send this climb last March, I returned this week and did the first female ascent of
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Leslie Timms gets some air time!

Leslie Timms is one of Canada’s strongest female climbers. Her three-part series for Gripped Magazine wraps up in December.  Watch this video of Leslie Timms taking a scary fall on Dead Raibéad, a classic 5.12+ trad/mixed route at Endless Wall in the New River Gorge. With
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Interview with David Lama

David Lama is one of the cutting-edge young alpinists of today. His bold free climbing and aid soloing have taken him to rarely visited areas and up many unclimbed walls. On Sunday, Nov. 2, Gripped caught up with Lama at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Over a few beers, coffees
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Gripped is at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival

The world’s best mountain films, books, and speakers take the spotlight for nine days each fall in Banff. Experience the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world’s last great wild places – all brought to life at The Banff Centre. Gripped will be
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