New Skyline Traverse on Vancouver Island’s Mariner Mountain

May 11th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on New Skyline Traverse on Vancouver Island’s Mariner Mountain

Danny O’Farrell is a biologist who lives in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. For the past few months, he has been doing research for the Ahousaht First Nations Fisheries department at the head of Bedwell Sound. […]


New Squamish North Wall Cracks, One is Over Eight Inches Wide

May 11th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Rock, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on New Squamish North Wall Cracks, One is Over Eight Inches Wide

The North Walls on The Chief in Squamish hold some of Canada’s most accessible hard granite climbs. Many will remember last year when a large section of the upper wall fell and took out […]


Think and Climb Hard – The Five Habits of Successful Climbers

May 4th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in East, Profiles, Rockies, Routes, West Coast | 1 Comment »

I had busted my chops all year, training, climbing, dieting and strategizing, and I was running out of time to hit my goal of red-pointing 5.13a. The season started off strong with some 12+ sends including a 13a the year before, but I needed consistency.





Sonnie Trotter Frees Eight-Pitch Prow Wall 5.14 in Squamish

May 3rd, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on Sonnie Trotter Frees Eight-Pitch Prow Wall 5.14 in Squamish

Sonnie Trotter has established many of Canada’s most difficult climbs and many of them have been on Canada’s West Coast. Yesterday, Trotter reported on his social media that he made the first free ascent […]


Know How to Belay With a Munter Hitch

May 2nd, 2016 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Routes, Video, West Coast | Comments Off on Know How to Belay With a Munter Hitch

Paul McSorley demonstrates how to belay from the top of the pitch with a munter hitch. A great skill to know in the event you ever drop or forget your belay device.


Kyle Dow and His Catered Road Trip Company Hedon Rock Tours

May 1st, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on Kyle Dow and His Catered Road Trip Company Hedon Rock Tours

Hedon Rock Tours is a new company that provides an all-inclusive tour of Western Canada’s premier climbing destinations, from Canmore to Squamish. If you have never been out west and don’t want to worry […]


KLO Creek in Kelowna is B.C.’s New Sport Crag

April 25th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on KLO Creek in Kelowna is B.C.’s New Sport Crag

Over the past few years, Kelowna climbers have been developing a new crag along KLO Creek. The area was recently made into a regional park as part of the District of Central Okanagan. There […]