Watch Spring 2017 Athabasca North Face Climb

June 15th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes, Video | No Comments »

Calixte Leblanc is part of Front Range Films and he recently made a short video about an ascent he was part of up the North Face of Mount Athabasca. This route is an old […]


Five Big Unrepeated Canadian Rockies Aid Routes

June 2nd, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Five Big Unrepeated Canadian Rockies Aid Routes

Aid climbing in the Rockies is not like aid climbing in Squamish or Yosemite. Inching up limestone walls requires different skills than inching up granite ones. Some of the following routes are over 20 […]


New Spring 2017 Sport Routes Added to Bow Valley

May 18th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on New Spring 2017 Sport Routes Added to Bow Valley

In 2016, Alex Megos sent Fight Club 5.15b as Canada’s first 5.15. The steep line is found at Raven Crag above Banff. While the 5.15 might attract strong climbers from around the world to […]


Dancing Sasquatch is New Multi-pitch 5.7 in Banff

May 14th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Dancing Sasquatch is New Multi-pitch 5.7 in Banff

Tunnel Mountain has long been one of Banff National Park’s main climbing areas. Located in the town of Banff, the big east-facing rock routes are easily accessible from one of many parking areas. Over […]


Four Bighorn Highway Alpine Rock Moderates

May 12th, 2017 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Four Bighorn Highway Alpine Rock Moderates

The Bighorn Highway has long been an Alberta go-to climbing destination. It is the name given to the 66-kilometre Highway 40 in Kananaskis Country that runs north to south from Barrier Mountain to King […]


Watch Tommy Caldwell Send New Alpine 5.13 in B.C.

May 8th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Rockies, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Watch Tommy Caldwell Send New Alpine 5.13 in B.C.

In 2011, Tommy Caldwell made the first free ascent of Northern Shield 5.13b above the Durrand Glacier in the Selkirk Mountains near Revelstoke, B.C. Caldwell was invited to the area by Ruedi Beglinger who […]


New Route at Alberta’s Historic Dust Bowl is 5.13

May 8th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on New Route at Alberta’s Historic Dust Bowl is 5.13

Adam Currie of Calgary has made the first ascent of Bangers and Mash 5.13c at the Dust Bowl on Moose Mountain near Calgary Currie has experience with hard 5.13 lines as he has ticked […]