Tim Emmett and Read Macadam Send The Path 5.14R in Rockies

July 21st, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

Tim Emmett and Read Macadam have sent The Path 5.14R at Back of the Lake next to Lake Louise in the Rockies. The duo had been working on the test-piece over the past few […]


Five Must-Climb Rockies 5.11s, from Off-Piste to Well-Travelled

July 21st, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes, Video | No Comments »

The Canadian Rockies are home to some big rock climbs. While many know about the popular single-pitch crag routes at Grassi Lakes, Cougar Canyon, Heart Creek and Acephale, few know about some of the […]


Canadian Rockies: 100th Anniversary of Mount Louis’ First Ascent

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

The first ascent of Mount Louis in Banff National Park was on July 19, 2016, by Conrad Kain and A.H. MacCarthy. Over the past 100 years, there have been over 20 ways climbed to […]


Words With Sarah Hueniken on Bugaboo Alpine Camp

July 14th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

Sarah Hueniken is one of North America’s leading winter climbers, with repeats of difficult mixed climbs up to M14. She is also one of less than a dozen Canadian women who hold her level […]


Five Must-Climb Moderate Canadian Alpine Ridges

July 12th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

Canada has countless alpine ridges from the Pacific to Atlantic. Some are long, complicated and dangerous, while others are moderate, short and esthetic. For the purpose of this list, we are looking at ridges […]


Sara Frangos Sends Planet X 5.13

July 11th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

Sara Frangos of Canmore has sent the classic Shooting Packer 5.13b at Planet X in Cougar Creek in the Rockies. Sara noted she spent some time working on Fudge Packer 5.13d, which she is […]


Sonnie Trotter Sends The Moat, Weird 5.11+ Multi-Pitch in Rockies

July 9th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Sonnie Trotter Sends The Moat, Weird 5.11+ Multi-Pitch in Rockies

In 2013, Sonnie Trotter sent the unrepeated Castles in the Sky, a five-pitch 5.14 on Castle Mountain in Banff National Park. The route climbs the upper two-thirds of the lower tier on Castle Mountain, […]