Another New 5.11 at Sunshine Rock Near Banff

April 11th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Another New 5.11 at Sunshine Rock Near Banff

Sunshine Rock near Banff has become one of the more popular crags in the Rockies. The approach takes only a minute and the climbs are well bolted on solid rock. Over the past few […]


Watch James Blackhall Send New 5.11c at Sunshine in Rockies

March 30th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Watch James Blackhall Send New 5.11c at Sunshine in Rockies

James Blackhall has spent the better part of the past two summers climbing and establishing new routes. He wasted no time in spring 2017 to get to work. At the now-popular Sunshine Rock just […]


Interview with Grant Statham on Ice Climbing and Avalanche Awareness

March 2nd, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, Mountain, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Interview with Grant Statham on Ice Climbing and Avalanche Awareness

Grant Statham is based in Canmore and has been ice climbing for 30 years. For most of that time, Statham has worked as an IFMGA mountain guide and a leading avalanche forecaster doing a […]


New Weeping Wall WI5 is Lynx and List of Area Climbs

March 1st, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on New Weeping Wall WI5 is Lynx and List of Area Climbs

The Weeping Wall Area is on the Icefields Parkway north of Banff on Cirrus Mountain and faces southwest. The first ascent of the Lower Weeping Wall was by Rob Wood and Bugs McKeith in […]


Another New B.C. Mixed Route is Blob Blob Blob

February 25th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Another New B.C. Mixed Route is Blob Blob Blob

Raphael Slawinski and Sarah Hueniken established a new mixed route near Field, B.C. last week. The mixed-protection mixed-rock-and-ice line climbs up right of Twisted WI5 and left of the new Nasty Habit M6 WI5. […]


Watch Ascent of Rare Circus Circus WI4 in the Rockies

February 13th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Watch Ascent of Rare Circus Circus WI4 in the Rockies

The three-pitch Circus Circus WI4 is a rarely-formed classic in British Columbia. It has become a must-climb this season with dozens of climbers having climbed it so far this year. Watch Steve Swenson, Kurt […]


Mid-Winter Avalanche Reminders for Climbers

February 10th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Mid-Winter Avalanche Reminders for Climbers

This winter has been full of close calls and bad falls. A number of climbers have been caught in avalanches and are lucky to have survived. With the recent heavy snow falls and high […]