A Mixed Bag of Nuts – Canada’s Top Mixed Routes

September 20th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in 2012.05, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

Collaborating with Slawinski, Gadd, and Owens and a group of Canadian Rockies adventure seekers, I created a top-10 mixed climbing route list. This list was put together to give some sort of direction; a guide to where you might find a climb that will leave you with shivers up your spine, grinning from ear -to-ear and hopefully psyched for more.


New 17-pitch Big Wall Line Opened on Bugaboo Spire

September 18th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

Tutti Frutti Summer Love is the newest addition to the Bugaboos after the hot and dry summer of 2017. It was climbed by Vlad Capusan and Tom Schindfessel in August. The 17-pitch 5.11+ A3 […]


Eight Breakthroughs in a Year, from V17 to 5.15d

September 11th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in International, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

It has been one of the most memorable years of climbing since Nalle Hukkataival pushed the grade-bar to the hard-to-imagine V17 grade. Since that big send in October 2016, climbers have been pushing every […]


Wild Fires 2017 Close Bugaboos and Bow Hut

September 2nd, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Wild Fires 2017 Close Bugaboos and Bow Hut

Not since 2003 has the Bugaboos area closed to backcountry users. The extreme risk of new fires and the danger from existing ones is too high for land managers to risk. Bow Hut and […]


10 Tips for Your First Summer Alpine Climb

August 31st, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on 10 Tips for Your First Summer Alpine Climb

Alpine climbing combines all climbing types and tangles them up with long approaches, bigger hazards, more committing circumstances and camping (on a mountain). It doesn’t take long to know if alpine climbing is for […]


Words with Evan Hau on His New Canadian 5.15

August 29th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Words with Evan Hau on His New Canadian 5.15

Evan Hau recently made the first ascent of Canada’s second 5.15 and became the first Canadian to climb a 5.15 route. His hard climb is called Honour and Glory 5.15a and is found at […]


Portrait of a Mountain: Ha Ling Peak

August 27th, 2017 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Portrait of a Mountain: Ha Ling Peak

Ha Ling is a Canadian Rockies landmark found above the town of Canmore. The peak is a popular hike and has some of the most sought-after multi-pitch routes in the Bow Valley. It was […]