First Look: New Black Diamond C4 Camalots for 2019

June 26th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware, News, Profiles, Rock, Video | Comments Off on First Look: New Black Diamond C4 Camalots for 2019

Black Diamond is bringing us an updated C4 Camalot in 2019, which is lighter and has a number of great new features. This will be the fourth generation of the C4 Camalot, which was […]


New DMM Dragonfly Micro Cams for 2019

June 16th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware, News, Profiles, Rock | Comments Off on New DMM Dragonfly Micro Cams for 2019

At the traditional outdoor industry gathering that is the OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen, DMM will be announcing several exciting new products and updates. A product that has been high up on everyone’s wish list […]


Review: New Black Diamond Offset Stoppers

May 28th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware | Comments Off on Review: New Black Diamond Offset Stoppers

The new full set of Black Diamond’s Offset Stoppers are an absolute must-have for any trad climber. Each one (#7–11) is individually hot forged and has an offset contact area that allows for easy […]


Canadian Alpine Tools are Handcrafted and Awesome

April 25th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware, Profiles, Video | Comments Off on Canadian Alpine Tools are Handcrafted and Awesome

Canadian Alpine Tools was founded by David Glavind, a blacksmith for 30 years who has been making handcrafted hammers and pitons for climbers for decades. Glavind has been taking full advantage the Canadian Rockies […]


Mark Vallance, Founder of Wild Country, Dies at 72

April 23rd, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware, News, Profiles, Special Feature | Comments Off on Mark Vallance, Founder of Wild Country, Dies at 72

Mark Vallance has died at age 72 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Among his many contributions, he will be remembered for bringing Friends, the original cam, to the world of climbing after […]


Black Diamond’s Heated Chalk Bag Sold Out in One Day

April 5th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware, News, Profiles, Rock | Comments Off on Black Diamond’s Heated Chalk Bag Sold Out in One Day

What was one of the the best April Fools jokes from any climbing brand in recent years has turned into a brilliant piece of marketing. Black Diamond released its new Hot Forge Heated Chalk […]


Review: The Black Diamond Hot Forge Heated Chalk Bag

April 2nd, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware, News, Profiles, Rock | Comments Off on Review: The Black Diamond Hot Forge Heated Chalk Bag

Update: They sold out in one day. More coming in early May. On April 1, Black Diamond released their newest and most ingenious idea to solve cold fingers at the crag: the Black Diamond […]