Interview with Grant Statham on Ice Climbing and Avalanche Awareness

March 2nd, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, Mountain, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Interview with Grant Statham on Ice Climbing and Avalanche Awareness

Grant Statham is based in Canmore and has been ice climbing for 30 years. For most of that time, Statham has worked as an IFMGA mountain guide and a leading avalanche forecaster doing a […]


New Weeping Wall WI5 is Lynx and List of Area Climbs

March 1st, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on New Weeping Wall WI5 is Lynx and List of Area Climbs

The Weeping Wall Area is on the Icefields Parkway north of Banff on Cirrus Mountain and faces southwest. The first ascent of the Lower Weeping Wall was by Rob Wood and Bugs McKeith in […]


Another New B.C. Mixed Route is Blob Blob Blob

February 25th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Another New B.C. Mixed Route is Blob Blob Blob

Raphael Slawinski and Sarah Hueniken established a new mixed route near Field, B.C. last week. The mixed-protection mixed-rock-and-ice line climbs up right of Twisted WI5 and left of the new Nasty Habit M6 WI5. […]


Watch Ascent of Rare Circus Circus WI4 in the Rockies

February 13th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Watch Ascent of Rare Circus Circus WI4 in the Rockies

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 | Comments Off on Mid-Winter Avalanche Reminders for Climbers

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. […]