Gripped Magazine

West Coast

Zombie Roof

Squamish’s classic roof-crack at the Smoke Bluffs. Perry Beckham and Will Stanhope explain the history behind Peter Croft’s first ascent of the Zombie Roof, 5.12d, in Squamish, B.C. and the process behind Stanhope completing the first free-solo of the route.  
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Perfect Conditions on Foster’s Direttissima

Mount Colonel Foster is on Vancouver Island, B.C., At 2,135 metres it is the fourth highest peak on the island.  In Jan. 1978, Joe Bajan and Ross Nichol made the first winter ascent of Foster’s 1,000-metre east face while making the first ascent of Direttissima, V, AI5.
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Shannon Falls

Shannon Falls, WI2+, 400 m, is the Cascade Falls of the West Coast. The popular tourist stop, Shannon Falls, can sporadically freeze during coastal cold snaps and when it does, ice climbers are poised to ascent it. It is a long, prominent, easier-than-it-looks ice climb. Less
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June-uary on Squamish’s Angels Crest

Ross Berg, owner of Altus Mountain Guides, climbed a bone-dry Angels Crest in January 2014.    
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The Shadow

Peter Croft did the first free ascent of the Shadow, 5.13, onsight in 1988. It is an eye-catching dihedral, a steep 50-metre pitch of hand to finger crack climbing. Watch Jesse Huey as he does a rare free-ascent of the legendary line. THE SHADOW from Sonnie Trotter on Vimeo.
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Battle of Evermore

Sonnie Trotter takes us to a secluded crag in Squamish for a look at his route The Battle of Evermore, 5.14, and its unique overhanging prow.
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Mount Hurd New Route

Mount Hurd is near Field, BC, and in 1928 was featured on a Canadian postage stamp
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Squamish’s New 5.13R/X

The Squamish phenom is at it again with a bold send late in the season
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CBC Interview with BC Climber Ruedi Beglinger

Ruedi has been pushing new routes for decades. Listen to him discuss his recent route, Mystery
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