Canadian Talks About Climbing in Norway and the Troll Wall

August 13th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in 2012.03, Articles, International, Profiles, Routes | No Comments »

Ontario climber Tom Valis talks about a trip to the famous big wall


Controversy Over Sexist Route Names: Really?

July 29th, 2019 by Bonnie de Bruijn | Posted in Articles, Profiles, Special Feature | Comments Off on Controversy Over Sexist Route Names: Really?

Climbing made the pages of The Globe and Mail recently but probably not in the way that any of us would want. The Globe, the paper of record in Canada, published an article by […]


Throwback to 2011 Article Called ‘Bolting Is Not a Crime ‘

July 18th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in 2011.01, Articles, Profiles | Comments Off on Throwback to 2011 Article Called ‘Bolting Is Not a Crime ‘

Where does a climber’s legal responsibility start and end when bolting new routes or updating old hardware?


Older, Stronger and Harder: Sending After Mid-Life

February 21st, 2018 by gripped | Posted in 2010.03, Articles, Profiles | Comments Off on Older, Stronger and Harder: Sending After Mid-Life

There are many climbers who have retained their motivation regardless of their age, and continue to push difficulty standards throughout the world.


Older + Stronger: Top Canadian Women Climbers

December 15th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in 2011.02, Articles, East, Routes | Comments Off on Older + Stronger: Top Canadian Women Climbers

It is said that inspiration comes from the most unlikely sources, and here was a regular woman who was pushing her personal limits in a way I had never seen before at any crag.


Thomasina Pidgeon Talks Competition and Motivation

July 1st, 2016 by gripped | Posted in 2012.02, Articles, Comps, Events, Profiles | Comments Off on Thomasina Pidgeon Talks Competition and Motivation

It doesn’t matter if you are male or female; getting your ass up that project is going to be a chore. Yet there are some unique circumstances that shape and influence women climbers.


In Praise of Canadian Bouldering

May 6th, 2016 by gripped | Posted in 2009.02, Articles, Profiles | Comments Off on In Praise of Canadian Bouldering

Bouldering was probably one of the very first types of rock climbing ever done in Canada. It has always been the ideal activity for climbers who lack partners, equiptment or time and for the pioneer of a new area, it gives a taste of the climbing on the bigger outcrops.


Battling With Turret’s Syndrome

April 22nd, 2016 by gripped | Posted in 2011.01, Articles, Mountain, News, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Battling With Turret’s Syndrome

Part of a new generation of bold Canadian climbers, Will Stanhope and Andrew Boyd risk it all and bag a free ascent on the South Face of the Turret in the Adamants.


Climbing in the Land of Legends

December 29th, 2015 by gripped | Posted in 2012.06, Articles, Profiles | Comments Off on Climbing in the Land of Legends

Mount Yamnuska over the years has remained the heartbeat of the rockies trad scene. This summer marked the 60th year for technical rock climbing in the Rockies and it all got started on this great cliff. The mountain has stood witness to four generations of climbers. Many firsts have kept the mountain at the leading edge in terms of grades and ethical standards.


Squamish’s Hidden Classics

October 10th, 2015 by gripped | Posted in 2010.04, Articles, News, Rock | 1 Comment »

The excellent rock at Squamish attracts climbers from all over the world. An influx of visitors during the peak season, often results in crowded routes. You still can find many uncrowded and lightly travelled classic routes. This is my top ten of Squamish’s hidden but classic lines…