Motivation Monday: Happy Summer and Five Moves to Mimic

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

The first day of summer marks a turning point for many climbers. For some it’s officially road trip season and for others it’s time to get serious about sending projects. Here are five videos […]


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 […]


Toronto Presentation: Nazi Climbing History Captured in ‘Above the Reich’

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

On June 22, Gripped editorial director David Chaundy-Smart will be talking about the link between Nazis, the German Alpine Club and the history of mountaineering. This is one of the most interesting presentations about […]


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, […]


Words With Climber and Historian Patrick Kavanagh

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

Patrick Kavanagh is a climber from New Zealand who uses forums such as Supertopo for researching climbs and chatting with climbers around the world. While many climbing forums have disappeared over the years, Supertopo has […]


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.