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. […]


Heather Weidner Sends China Doll 5.14aR, Makes History

June 16th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, Mountain, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes | Comments Off on Heather Weidner Sends China Doll 5.14aR, Makes History

Heather Weidner has become the first woman to send the hard China Doll 5.14aR in Dream Canyon, Colorado. By doing so, she became the fourth woman ever to climb 5.14 on gear. In 2015, […]


Pirmin Bertle Sends South America’s First 5.14d

June 15th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes | Comments Off on Pirmin Bertle Sends South America’s First 5.14d

Pirmin Bertle has climbed South America’s first 5.14d. The Patagonia route is called Azul es el cielo de los ciegos, which means ‘Blue is the sky of the blind.’ It took Bertle more than […]


Action Directe Gets 19th Send by Stefano Carnati

June 15th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes | Comments Off on Action Directe Gets 19th Send by Stefano Carnati

The Italian crusher Stefano Carnati had just turned 18 when he joined the history books by becoming the 19th climber to send Action Directe at Frankenjura. The climb has maintained its status as being […]


Mateusz Haladaj Sends First Ley 5.15

June 14th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Mateusz Haladaj Sends First Ley 5.15

Polish crusher Mateusz Haladaj repeated Chris Sharma’s First ley 5.15a at Margalef this spring. The route shares the first crux to a small rest  with the popular First round, first minute 5.15b and then heads […]


Watch Will Mayo on Fourth of July Crack 5.12 in Vedauwoo

June 14th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, Profiles, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Watch Will Mayo on Fourth of July Crack 5.12 in Vedauwoo

The Fourth of July Crack is a sustained and overhanging left-leaning line on the Coke Bottle wall in Central Vedauwoo, Wyoming. It climbs a chimney to hands to fingers and finishes with a short […]