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 […]


Watch Will Mayo Send World’s First 5.12b Fish Crack in Yosemite

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

Fish Crack is in the Lower Cascade Left Area in Lower Yosemite.. The route was first climbed by Henry Barber in 1975 and was the world’s first 5.12b. As Will Mayo discovers, it’s one […]


Watch Chris Sharma Project New Seven-Pitch 5.14d

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

Chris Sharma continues to push limits in 2016 with his new seven-pitch 5.14d project on Mont Rebei in Spain. Sharma bolted the 250-metre route ground-up with top climbers Klemen Becan. “I had an amazing […]


Watch Sonnie Trotter Send Totem Pole’s Ewbank Route 5.13bR

June 16th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes | Comments Off on Watch Sonnie Trotter Send Totem Pole’s Ewbank Route 5.13bR

The Ewbank Route on the Totem Pole was first freed in 2009 by Doug McConnel and Dean Rollins some 30 years after the first ascent in four pitches. In 2016, Sonnie Trotter sent the […]


German Crusher Lena Herrmann Sends 5.14c, Makes History

June 16th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes | Comments Off on German Crusher Lena Herrmann Sends 5.14c, Makes History

Lena Hermann is only 22, but her recent sent of Battle Cat 5.14c makes her the first German woman to send the grade and the first woman to climb anything that difficult in Frankenjura. […]