Watch Send of Squamish 5.12 Biceptual Lover

July 13th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

Watch Stu Smith send Biceptual Lover 5.12b on the rarely visited Tower of Power wall in Cheakamus Canyon. Smith said of the line, “It holds some of the steepest climbing in Cheakamus and in […]


Lauchlan Award 2017: New Homathko Routes Climbed

July 13th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

The following report by Max Fisher is about his and Fred Giroux’s spring alpine trip to the Homathko Icefield, supported by the John Lauchlan Award. On May 17, Fred and I got on a […]


Miles Adamson Sends Top 25 Squamish Highballs

July 10th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Bouldering, News, Profiles, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

Miles Adamson is the first climber to complete the 25 top Squamish highballs in Marc Bourdon’s third-edition of the guidebook Squamish Bouldering. Adamson’s final send on the list was The Snail V7 on July […]


Hard Sends on Big Show by Jared Nelson

July 8th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Rock, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

Jared Nelson put down two of the West Coast’s most classic 5.14s over the last month, both on the Big Show wall in Cheakamus Canyon north of Squamish. First was Pulse, Canada’s first-ever 5.14a […]


Update: New Squamish Mamquam River Campground Open

July 7th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Rock, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on Update: New Squamish Mamquam River Campground Open

The new Mamquam River Campground is now open. It’s taken four years to transform this site from an abandoned industrial area to a rustic campground. Update July 13: The campground has been temporarily closed. […]


Watch a Send of Flight of the Challenger at Murrin

July 3rd, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on Watch a Send of Flight of the Challenger at Murrin

Flight of the Challenger is an all-time classic on the Pet Wall at Murrin Park. The steep 5.12c gear route climbs past cracks and splitter features to an upper groove. It can be divided […]


Watch First Ascent of 11-Pitch 5.12 on Chinese Puzzle Wall

June 16th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on Watch First Ascent of 11-Pitch 5.12 on Chinese Puzzle Wall

Freeing the Chinese Puzzle Wall had been attempted in the past, but it took the team of Brette Harrington and Marc-Andre Leclerc to piece a route together in 2016. They called their line Hidden […]