Gripped Magazine

Rockies

New Route in the Tauern Alps

At the start of April, Johannes Bachmann and Manuel Tinkhauser made the first ascent of Seltene Erden M4+ V+, a new ice and mixed route up the northeast face of Wildgall in the Rieserferner Group, Tauern Alps. The aesthetic line has become quite popular. For a complete trip
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Speed Record on Wapta Traverse

The Wapta Traverse is the only hut-to-hut multi-day ski traverse in North America.  The trip has easy access, multiple ski-mountaineering objectives, big glaciers, excellent snow, lots of potential for turns and four huts. The 45-kilometre route moves back and forth across the
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Climbers: Closure in Banff Park

Banff Park will be doing controlled burns around Guides Rock near Banff, the area will be closed until the end of May. Issued 2014-04-30 Where: The area between Hillsdale Meadow at the east end of the Hillsdale split to the Fireside day-use area (including parking lot and Edith
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The Path

As the snow melts away around Lake Louise, many people are starting to make plans to head to the Back of the Lake. This is Sonnie Trotter’s story about The Path.  
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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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“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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