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Big New Ontario Ice Climbs and The Crown Jewel

Ontario has hundreds of ice climbs and despite decades of exploration there are still world-class routes being discovered close to the road. Algoma Ice Climbing By Dave Broadhead If one were to compile a small list of classic winter climbing areas then it would probably include
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History Made: Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken Make First Ascent of Niagara Falls

Canadian ice climbers Sarah Hueniken and Will Gadd made the first ascent of Niagara Falls this week as part of a Red Bull shoot. “I checked out the spot we were thinking of climbing in the summer,” Gadd said. “You’d be swept away by the torrential downpour
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New Quebec Mixed Route at La Montagne du Coq

Pascal Simard and Jean-Mickael Blais have climbed a new 120-metre mixed route at Quebec’s La Montagne du Coq.  Simard and Blais’s new route is called De Bonne Heure Su’l Piton (Early Risers and the Pin) and is a 120-metre M6R. Approach and area info Simard wrote
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New Ontario Ice Routes

Ice climbing in Ontario is in full swing, despite a couple of warm spells. New ice routes were climbed in the Algoma area in late December. Danyll Darewych wrote, “Trapper’s Cliff is a fairly large cliff system where we’ve done three nice ice climbs. The cliff looks red in
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Quebec’s Bolton Bouldering

Two videos featuring Marc-Antoine Larente climbing at Quebec’s Bolton Pass. The Vortex The Vortex V10 from Marc-Antoine Larente on Vimeo. First Ascent bolton last day from Marc-Antoine Larente on Vimeo.
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Sam Eastman Mixes It Up At Diamond Lake

Southern Ontario ice climbing had a boost this year with Andriy Kolos’ new select ice climbing guidebook.  In this video, Sam Eastman climbs his route Mack 10, which he established in 2013/14 with his brother Jake. More Ontario Climbing Mack 10 is in the Madawaska
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Ontario Ice Is Good To Go

Southern Ontario ice is forming and climbers have been swinging the tools. In Northern Ontario, the classic climbs have been in for weeks. The new Southern Ontario ice climbing guidebook by Andriy Kolos is providing lots of motivation for climbers to get out ice climbing.
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Mason Earl on Quebec’s Toit de Ben

In the summer of 2012, Mason Earle flashed Le Toit de Ben at Quebec’s Val David. Le Toit de Ben is a 10-metre roof crack in Quebec that was established in 1958 by Bernard Poisson. The first ascent used wood pegs, a home-made chast-harness, a hemp rope and some wood pegs.
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Nathan Kutcher Climbs Hard New Quebec Route

Nathan Kutcher is no stranger to headlines. He has established a number of hard ice, mixed and drytooling routes. He competes on the world stage at the UIAA ice climbing world cup. Last year, Kutcher spent three days in St. Alban and onsighted three M10s. St. Alban is an all
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Film: Belayer to the Stars

Andy Arts lives in Canmore. Few may recognize his name, but he has been an instrumental part of many important sends.  Watch this 15-minute film, which includes cameos from Will Gadd, Barry Blanchard, Sonnie Trotter, Sharon Wood, Kevin Doyle and many more, as Arts takes us on the
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