Stu Smith Sends New Squamish 5.13+ at Smoke Bluffs

June 20th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

Stu Smith has been on a roll this year on the West Coast and has sent a multi-year project at the Pleasure Palace area near Boulder Gully at the Smoke Bluffs. The “long forgotten […]


Raven Crag is Top Banff Wall With New 5.10s You Should Visit

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

Raven Crag sits high above the town of Banff on the north side of Sulphur Mountain. It overlooks the Bow Valley and Vermillion Lakes and is almost always in the shade, which makes it […]


Klemen Becan Disappointed 5.15a Send Was So Easy

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

Klemen Becan repeated Papichulo 5.15a in Oliana this week. The strong Slovenian climber runs training camps with Chris Sharma in Spain. He first tried it this winter after sending Joe Mama 5.15a, but said […]


Mount Whitney Gets New Big 5.11 Called Inyo Face

June 20th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, Mountain, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes | No Comments »

Mount Whitney is 4,421 metres, which makes it the highest mountain in the Lower 48. It was first climbed on Aug. 18, 1873 by Charles Begole, Albert Johnson and John Luca. This past week, […]


The Climbing Life and Learning from 1975

June 20th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

In 1975 the best rock climbers in North America were just starting to break into the 5.12 grade. That level of difficulty may not seem like a big deal today, especially at sport crags, but when you strip out the astonishing material and innovative changes to climbing gear, shoes, and training since then, 5.12 had sharper teeth than it may seem.





Scott Bennett and Brad Gobright’s El Cap One-Day Triple-Link

June 18th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes | No Comments »

Brad Gobright and Scott Bennett have linked three hard routes on El Cap in 23 hours and 10 minutes. They started on The Zodiac 5.7 A2 or 5.13c at 2 p.m. and then climbed […]


New Rockies’ Crag is Hungry Tiger Wall in Echo Canyon

June 18th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes, Video | No Comments »

Echo Canyon has been a go-to location for sport climbers over the past decade. It rises above Canmore on the south face of Grotto Mountain. With hundreds of routes on a dozen crags, it […]