New Hard Sport Route in Rockies’ Heart Creek

June 10th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on New Hard Sport Route in Rockies’ Heart Creek

Marcus Norman has climbed a new 5.13a on Heart Creek’s Upper Amphitheatre. The wall has some of the best rock along the historic Heart Creek climbing area and Norman has established a handful of […]


Achilles Spire is a Big 5.8 Rockies Route You Should Climb

June 6th, 2016 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | 1 Comment »

Achilles Spire was established in 2012 and is becoming a classic long Rockies route. It is one of the finer 13-pitch bolted 5.8s in Alberta. Achilles Spire has 300 metres of relatively easy climbing. It […]


Illegal Drone Footage in Canada’s National Park Looks Good

May 31st, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Ice, Mountain, News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | 1 Comment »

Flying a drone in Canada’s national parks is illegal without a permit. Many of Canada’s biggest ice climbs are off limits to drones, including Curtain Call, Slip Stream and Polar Circus. The below video […]


Make May 2-4 a Climbing Weekend

May 21st, 2016 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on Make May 2-4 a Climbing Weekend

The weekend before May 25 is Victoria Day, but is known to many Canadians as the May 2-4 weekend. While it is meant to be celebrated with fireworks, a case of 24 beers and […]


Watch a Send of a Back of the Lake 5.12: Nobody’s Girl

May 20th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Watch a Send of a Back of the Lake 5.12: Nobody’s Girl

The Back of the Lake at Lake Louise in Alberta is one of Canada’s top quartzite climbing areas. With routes from 5.5 to 5.14, it has become a must-visit for visiting climbers and a […]


New Must-Have Western Canada Guidebooks for 2016

May 20th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on New Must-Have Western Canada Guidebooks for 2016

While many climbers have turned to keeping track of their ascents on sites like 8a.nu and Sendage.com, nothing will replace the convenience of a guidebook. Some sites such as Mountainproject.com and thecrag.com have built […]


Evan Hau Climbs New 5.14 in Alberta Rockies

May 14th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Evan Hau Climbs New 5.14 in Alberta Rockies

Evan Hau has been one of Canada’s leading hard-route developers for the past few years. He recently sent one of his projects at Apocalypse Cave on Grotto Mountain and called it Belly of the […]