Gripped Magazine

Rockies

Freeze/Thaw and Loose Rocks

This is a friendly reminder and heads up to keep an eye out for loose rock this spring and wear a helmet. In Canada, we are lucky because we still get four amazing seasons, each filled with distinctive weather patterns. In winter, everything freezes, even the water within the
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Canadians Depart for The Revelations

As the Canadian team flew from Calgary to Salt Lake City to Anchorage on Tuesday, April 1, it is rumoured a French team was climbing their main objective,  the west face of Pyramid Peak. Alaska’s Revelations range is the centre of activity this spring with a Canadian,
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Trotter Takes to the Tools

The Candlestick Maker is in the Ghost, near Orient Point, just above Hidden Dragon and to the right of The Joker/Hooker. A short technical pillar pouring over an impressively large cave, followed by a longer second pitch of steep ice. Last weekend, Sonnie Trotter and Andy Arts
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Lotus Flower Tower

Watch as Arnaud Petit, Stephanie Bodet, Beth Rodden and Tommy Caldwell climb the 600-metre Lotus Flower Tower, a granite spire in the Cirque of the Unclimbables in Northern Canada.
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“ICE!!”

Louise Falls is one of the most often-climbed routes in the Rockies. With its short approach and moderate grade, it is safe to say it’s climbed nearly every day of the winter. Anyone who has been to Lake Louise knows of the casual foot-path which hugs the western edge of
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NE Ridge of Bugaboo Spire

The Bugaboos are home to dozens of world-class alpine granite lines, one of the most-climbed is the North East Ridge of Bugaboo Spire. The ridge was first climbed in 1958 by Dave Craft, David Isles, Richard Sykes and John Turner; Joe Buszowski and Bernhard Ehmann made the first
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Difficile Monster, a Storm Creek Consolation

Storm Creek Headwall parallels the famous Stanley Headwall, one valley south, in B.C. The Storm Creek Headwall has a number of classic ice and mixed climbs. Climbers have added a number of moderate to hard lines over the years. In 2004, the routes Xena M5, 100 m, Cosban M5, 100
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The Peach

Raphael Slawinski and Grant Meekins made the first ascent of an impressive bolt-free mixed line, The Peach, WI5, M8. Slawinski was so stoked about the route he later returned with Jerome Yerly to make the second ascent, Wiktor Skupinski joined to film the action. The video deftly
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Ascend – Smith Rocks

ASCEND // Climbing in Smith Rock, Oregon from Austin Harris on Vimeo.
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Sub-Zero, Rockies Ice Teaser

This new series from Lukasz Warzecha explores the esoteric art of ice climbing and examines the souls of four of the sport’s most respected artists – Will Gadd, Raphael Slawinski, John Freeman, and Gordon McArthur. On these athletes’ doorsteps, the Rockies hold
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