Make May 2-4 a Climbing Weekend

May 21st, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

The weekend before May 25 is Victoria Day, but is known to many Canadians as the May 2-4 weekend. While it is meant to be celebrated with fireworks, a case of 24 beers and […]


Watch a Send of a Back of the Lake 5.12: Nobody’s Girl

May 20th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

The Back of the Lake at Lake Louise in Alberta is one of Canada’s top quartzite climbing areas. With routes from 5.5 to 5.14, it has become a must-visit for visiting climbers and a […]


New Must-Have Western Canada Guidebooks for 2016

May 20th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

While many climbers have turned to keeping track of their ascents on sites like 8a.nu and Sendage.com, nothing will replace the convenience of a guidebook. Some sites such as Mountainproject.com and thecrag.com have built […]


Evan Hau Climbs New 5.14 in Alberta Rockies

May 14th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Evan Hau Climbs New 5.14 in Alberta Rockies

Evan Hau has been one of Canada’s leading hard-route developers for the past few years. He recently sent one of his projects at Apocalypse Cave on Grotto Mountain and called it Belly of the […]


Think and Climb Hard – The Five Habits of Successful Climbers

May 4th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in East, Profiles, Rockies, Routes, West Coast | 1 Comment »

I had busted my chops all year, training, climbing, dieting and strategizing, and I was running out of time to hit my goal of red-pointing 5.13a. The season started off strong with some 12+ sends including a 13a the year before, but I needed consistency.





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 | Comments Off on Kyle Dow and His Catered Road Trip Company Hedon Rock Tours

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 […]


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

April 30th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on The Bold and Cold Book is About 25 Canadian Rockies Alpine Routes

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 […]