Said Belhaj is First Swedish Climber to Send 5.15

May 2nd, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes, Video | No Comments »

Swedish climber Said Belhaj has sent Chris Sharma’s 2008 route Papichulo 5.15a at Oliana in Spain. Not only is this his hardest route, but it’s the first time a Swedish climber has ticked a […]


Carlos Soria Climbs Annapurna at 77 Years Old and Sets Record

May 2nd, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, Mountain, News, Profiles, Routes | No Comments »

Spanish climber Carlos Soria has become the oldest person to climb Annapurna when he reached the summit of the 10th highest mountain last week. The 8,091-metre summit was his 12th 8,000-metre peak. He is […]


Kyle Dow and His Catered Road Trip Company Hedon Rock Tours

May 1st, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

Hedon Rock Tours is a new company that provides an all-inclusive tour of Western Canada’s premier climbing destinations, from Canmore to Squamish. If you have never been out west and don’t want to worry […]


Watch ‘The Developer’s Craft’ About First Ascents

May 1st, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, Routes, Video | No Comments »

Watch this short film about first ascents by Reel Motion Media featuring Ben Scott. The Developer’s Craft from Reel Motion Media on Vimeo.


The Bold and Cold Book is About 25 Canadian Rockies Alpine Routes

April 30th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

In the early 1980s, Swiss climber Urs Kallen met South African Dave Cheesmond in Calgary. Kallen asked Cheesmond if he would co-author a book about alpine climbing in the Canadian Rockies, Cheesmond said yes. Less […]


New Crack Climbs in Northwestern Ontario

April 29th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in East, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes | No Comments »

Northwestern Ontario had a long winter and spring is slow to start, but climbers have been hitting the rock on warm days. As many know, Northwestern Ontario has hundreds of sport and crack climbs […]


Five Fun Moderate Banff Multi-Pitch Sport Routes

April 28th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | 1 Comment »

Banff is one of Canada’s most popular tourist towns, but it is also an ice and rock climbing hub. In the winter, people from around the world use Banff, located in Banff National Park in […]