German Crusher Lena Herrmann Sends 5.14c, Makes History

June 16th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes | No Comments »

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. […]


Five Fun 5.11 Sport Routes in British Columbia

June 16th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

British Columbia has thousands of routes to choose from that are found at dozens of crags. The main climbing areas are around Squamish and Penticton, but there are other great crags found all around. […]


Heather Weidner Sends China Doll 5.14aR, Makes History

June 16th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, Mountain, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes | No Comments »

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 | No Comments »

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 […]


Five Hard Sends Across Canada This Week

June 15th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in East, News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

It’s one week until summer and Canadians have been putting in long days at crags and boulder fields across the country. There have been some big sends in the past week or so and […]


Action Directe Gets 19th Send by Stefano Carnati

June 15th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Rock, Routes | No Comments »

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 | No Comments »

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 […]