Gripped Magazine

West Coast

Watch Canadians Climb Baffin’s Beluga Spire

Paul McSorely, Tony Richardson, Joshua Lavigne and Crosby Johnston travel to the remote Baffin Island with the goal of a first ascent of the North Face of the Beluga Spire. Prior to even leaving for the expedition their local Clyde River guide, Levi suggested they not even make
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Canada’s Future Behemoth Mixed Climb

Gord McArthur is one of Canada’s leading mixed climbers in competition and outdoor climbing.  McArthur discovered a massive cave near him hometown of Cranbrook, B.C. Over the last few seasons, between world cups, he’s been developing what he said will be one of the
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Film: Jesse Huey Climbs The Shadow

In 1988, Peter Croft onsighted the first free ascent of The Shadow, an eye-catching 50-metre dihedral on Squamish’s Chief that goes at 5.13b. Watch Jesse Huey as he does a rare free-ascent of the legendary line. Brette Harrington Climbs The Shadow  
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Video: Ice Climbing on B.C.’s Duffey Lake Road

Watch Ryan Larkin and Jean-Marc Savoi climb Rambles Right on the Duffey Lake Road north of Whistler. Despite a very warm West Coast winter there was still some ice to be found. Climbers were still swinging the tools as recently as mid-March at Wedgemont Lake. West Coast Ice
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Miles Adamson’s New V9 at Gonzales Creek

Watch Miles Adamson, one of Canada’s boldest highball boulderers, climb his new route Algorithm V9 at Gonzales Creek. Adamson has climbed a number of hard boulder problems in and around Squamish. Visit his Sendage card to check out his latest accomplishments. A few years
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New West Coast Winter Mixed/Ice Routes

Jason Kruk, Tony Richardson and Kye Peterson have climbed two new mixed routes in Garibaldi Provincial Park, B.C. The new routes are on a crag above Wedgemount Lake that’s been called Rethel Headwall. On March 4 and 5, the trio climbed No Cupcakes (NC) WI4+ 140 metres and
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Vid: New West Coast Boulder Problem

With a warmer-than-usual winter, Canada’s West Coast has had plenty of route development. Watch as local Israel Cruces climbs sends a fun and committing route he called The Birth of Tragedy. “Scariest first ascent I have ever done by myself. If you fall mantling the
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Rad Video: Select Grand Wall Boulders

A selection of boulder problems from Max Krimmer’s trip to Squamish in August 2013. Watch Austin Geiman send The Reckoning V10 and The Black Council V11/12. Alexis Mascarenas sends the Fuzz V7 and Max Krimmer sends The Backseat V10 and Black Hole V11. Grand Wall Boulders on
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Out of the Shadows, a Bouldering Film

Andy White and Clayton Arnall are busy working on Out of the Shadows after the success of their first film The Fileds. The Fields was seen all over the world, in part to it being a finalist in the Vancouver International Film Festival. Article on New V10 Routes in Okanagan 
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The Howe Sound Crest Trail

The Howe Sound Crest Trail is a 29-kilometre route with 2,000 metres of elevation gain starting at Cypress Mountain. It passes through the Lions and over multiple summits before ending at Porteau Cove. It offers spectacular views of Howe Sound, the surrounding mountains and
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