Gripped Magazine

Rockies

The Snowbird Glacier and its Winter Routes

Mount Patterson, 3,197 m, is part of the Waputik Range in Alberta.  Mount Patterson towers almost 1,500 metres above the Icefields Parkway. Between the bulk of the peak and a high outlier to the northwest, there is a smoothly contoured line of moraine which was left following the
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The Asylum, Kicking Horse Canyon

Aesthetic BC route gets an upgrade. The Asylum was established by Jim Gudjonson and Sean Isaac in February, 2000. It hands in Kicking Horse Canyon, near Golden, BC. The route does not always form. In December, 2013, Jon Simms and Mike Mason equipped the first three pitches with
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The Classic Professor Falls

Professor Falls  WI4, 280 m Professor Falls is a Canadian classic. The name is a pun that comes from Professor Eckhard Grassman, one of the first ascensionists, who took a fall on the route in 1974. This route forms early and usually lasts until March or April. Due to the
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New Rockies Mixed Route

Canadian Rockies – Cougar Creek, 2013 Bryce Brown and Lyle Rotter added a bolted mixed start to the unformed ice of Explodomatic, WI4. Climb ice then pass four bolts to gain the hanging curtain. They named their route, Punani Tsunami and graded it M7ish. For more info see here.
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Canadian Ice, East and West

Winter 2013 Below are images of Fearful Symmetry and Rainbow Serpent in the Rockies, by Rafal Andronowski, and photos of Matt Maddaloni climbing in Piedmont, Quebec, by Alain Denis. QUEBEC ICE            
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Will Gadd Onsights El Matador, M12

Will Gadd, one of mixed climbing’s pioneers, is still at the cutting edge of the sport. On December 9th, he visited Gord McArthur’s home crag of Bull River Canyon and onsighted the testpiece El Matador, M12. See McArthur’s article in Gripped here about
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Video: Bugaboo Session

The Bugaboos are one of Canada’s most accessible alpine granite playgrounds. Watch this video by Joshua Lavigne and dream of the Bugaboos. ‘Cragging’ in the Bugaboos from Joshua Lavigne on Vimeo.
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Video: Trophy Wall

Ever wonder what it is like to climb one of North America’s classic ice routes on the Trophy Wall near Banff, Alberta? Check this out…
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Video: Jesse Huey on The Real Big Drip

American climber Jesse Huey sessions The Real Big Drip in the Ghost River, Alberta.
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