Watch Ascent of Rare Circus Circus WI4 in the Rockies

February 13th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes, Video | No Comments »

The three-pitch Circus Circus WI4 is a rarely-formed classic in British Columbia. It has become a must-climb this season with dozens of climbers having climbed it so far this year. Watch Steve Swenson, Kurt […]


Mid-Winter Avalanche Reminders for Climbers

February 10th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

This winter has been full of close calls and bad falls. A number of climbers have been caught in avalanches and are lucky to have survived. With the recent heavy snow falls and high […]


Nasty Habit is New Steep Beer Climb Near Field in B.C.

January 31st, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Nasty Habit is New Steep Beer Climb Near Field in B.C.

Jon Walsh and Michelle Kadatz established the first three pitches of a new mixed route at WI5 M6 on Mount Stephen next to the ice route Twisted in B.C last weekend. Tim Banfield climbed […]


Words with Climbers in Epic Polar Circus Avalanche

January 31st, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Words with Climbers in Epic Polar Circus Avalanche

On Jan. 28, a big avalanche fell on two climbers who were nearing the end of the ice climb Polar Circus WI5 700m north of Banff. Those climbers were Quentin Lindfield Roberts and Nick Black. […]


Epic Photo of Avalanche on Ice Climbers in Rockies

January 29th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Epic Photo of Avalanche on Ice Climbers in Rockies

Alex Ratson was on a trip from the West Coast to the Rockies for some ice climbing. He and his partners were hoping to have a go at Polar Circus, the 700-metre WI5 classic […]


Four Big Unclimbed Canadian Rockies Walls

January 25th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Four Big Unclimbed Canadian Rockies Walls

The Canadian Rockies have some big walls and despite being close to the road and at a low elevation, there are still a number that are unclimbed. Many climbers know of the biggest climbed […]


Wild Survivial Story About 1983 Rockies Alpine Avalanche

January 14th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Wild Survivial Story About 1983 Rockies Alpine Avalanche

In 1983, Jim Sevigny and Richard Whitmire were heading up the Supercouloir on Deltaform in the Canadian Rockies. They were about 650 metres up the grade IV climb when an avalanche swept them down […]