Alex Ratson Goes Aid Climbing on Vancouver Island

April 19th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Routes, Video, West Coast | Comments Off on Alex Ratson Goes Aid Climbing on Vancouver Island

Alex Ratson takes a big rack to Crest Creek on Vancouver Island. “Not many places you can go crag hard aid around, especially these days,” Ratson wrote. Follow Ratson on Instagram here.


Seven Splitter Squamish Photos by Jim Thornburg

April 18th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Rock, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on Seven Splitter Squamish Photos by Jim Thornburg

Jim Thornburg started climbing at 17 and over the past four decades has travelled the world in search of routes and climbers to photograph. He sold his first climbing photo in the late 1980s. It […]


Julia Bobak Sends First 5.13b

April 18th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Rock, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on Julia Bobak Sends First 5.13b

West Coast climber Julia Bobak has send her first 5.13b after clipping the chains on Ahead by a Century at Horne Lake. After her send, she wrote on Sendage.com, “Kind of a unique style […]


New 5.12 at Halfway House in Cheakamus North of Squamish

April 18th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Rock, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on New 5.12 at Halfway House in Cheakamus North of Squamish

Toby Foord-Kelcey has made the first ascent of Waldorf Salad 5.12d at Halfway House in Cheakamus Canyon north of Squamish. After his send, he wrote on Sendage.com, “This thing took a lot of work […]


Watch a Send of a West Coast Roof Crack

April 14th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Rock, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on Watch a Send of a West Coast Roof Crack

Watch Stu Smith make an ascent of Whistler 500, a stunning 5.12b roof crack near Whistler. The steep route is 10 kilometres south of Whistler Village on the west side of the highway. Will […]


New West Coast 5.13 Roof Crack is Commence the Hate

April 10th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Rock, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on New West Coast 5.13 Roof Crack is Commence the Hate

Squamish-based Stu Smith has established Commence the Hate, a new 5.13a roof crack he compared to Zombie Roof 5.12. The hard new route is found at Hunter Creek, which is a popular area for bouldering. […]


New Route at Squamish’s Smoke Bluffs

April 9th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Rock, Routes, Video, West Coast | Comments Off on New Route at Squamish’s Smoke Bluffs

Eric Tran has climbed a new 5.10 bolted slab at the popular Burgers and Fries wall at the Smoke Bluffs in Squamish. The route climbs left of the classic Pink Panther 5.11c and does […]