Gripped Magazine

West Coast

Two Awesome Squamish Boulders

While much of Canada is getting its first blasts of winter, the West Coast has had a number of mild days. A number of climbers have been out. The following routes were two of many that went down mid-December 2014, these are older videos.
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Vid: Nico Favresse and Seán Villanueva in North America

Nico Favresse and Seán Villanueva spent four months in fall 2008 traveling western North America (the pair are from Belgium) with their climbing gear, a mandolin, a tin whistle and a penchant for hitchhiking. From Squamish to the Bugaboos to Yosemite to Indian Creek they did bold
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Film: Belayer to the Stars

Andy Arts lives in Canmore. Few may recognize his name, but he has been an instrumental part of many important sends.  Watch this 15-minute film, which includes cameos from Will Gadd, Barry Blanchard, Sonnie Trotter, Sharon Wood, Kevin Doyle and many more, as Arts takes us on the
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Miles Adamson’s Project

Here is Miles Adamson’s latest project in Squamish. It is a seated start to Jeremy Smith’s trad route Year of the Snake 5.13b on the Cacodemon. “It adds about 10 moves at V13 to get to the starting crimp of his route, which I nearly linked last session.
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New wall at Area 44

Jack Fieldhouse and friends have established a new short, burly crag at the West Coast’s Area 44. The Distillery is located just off the trail to the Pillary crag at Area 44.  The routes are at a variety of grades up to 5.11+. The routes are short, but burly. As Fieldhouse
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West Coast’s new Vangaurdia

The West Coast season of new-routing has picked up again after a dry spell during the heat wave. Brette Harrington climbed a new 5.12+ just south of Squamish. The route is on the Fferys Wheel crag near Gonzales Creek. It’s a mix of bolts and thin gear
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Christy Falls: all season fun

Christy Falls in winter, spring and summer. The wall has a world-class ice climb in winter and 5.14 routes in summer. By Adam Tutte The ice climb Christy Falls was found seven years ago in Kelowna B.C. I was new to ice at that point and the rock really drew me in. I live to bolt
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Finlayson completes the Big Show

West Coast’s Jamie Finlayson has climbed every route on Chek Canyon’s the Big Show. It took Finlayson four years, “A lot of blood, sweat, and effort to tick the entire Big Show wall in the Chek Canyon,” said Finlayson. “Freewill 5.13c, Divison Bell
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A day of Squamish bouldering

Andrew Ashley spent a day bouldering in Squamish in July. He climbed some rad problems, check it out…  
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Finlayson’s New Working Man 5.14

Jamie Finlayson has climbed many of the West Coast’s hardest routes and recently added a new 5.14b. The July heatwave is providing perfect conditions for hard sends in Squamish. Read about Ben Harnden’s second ascent of The Bull 5.14R here. Finlayson bolted the route
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