Evolution in Climbing Ropes with Sterling Evolution VR9

May 6th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Ropes | Comments Off on Evolution in Climbing Ropes with Sterling Evolution VR9

The Sterling Evolution series offers a broad range of ropes, and the Evolution VR9 fits into the category of a great all-rounder for rock climbers. It has a Dry Core treatment to prevent water […]


The Sterling Hollowblock for Rappel Back-Up

April 26th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Ropes | Comments Off on The Sterling Hollowblock for Rappel Back-Up

Smart climbers use a prusik, AutoBlock or klemheist hitch as a back-up when they rappel. Wear and tear from friction means that climbers tend to keep a particular sling just for this purpose that […]


The Snake Bite is Awesome Rope-Coil for No Snags

December 30th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Ropes | Comments Off on The Snake Bite is Awesome Rope-Coil for No Snags

The snake bite rope coil is a handy way to coil the rope for top-roping and rappels. It’s been called the snake bite, bird’s nest and Colorado mountain snake. “You just clip the bight […]


Watch Rockies Climbing with Tough Maxim Platinum Rope

October 31st, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Profiles, Ropes | Comments Off on Watch Rockies Climbing with Tough Maxim Platinum Rope

Gripped editor Brandon Pullan took the new Maxim Platinum 9.8mm x 70m Dry Rope up a number of routes in the Canadian Rockies this summer. It’s the first dynamic climbing rope on the market […]


Adam Ondra Has a 500-metre Static Rope

October 30th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Ropes | Comments Off on Adam Ondra Has a 500-metre Static Rope

Adam Ondra just won the Czech Nationals and has already turned his sights back to the outdoors. In an Instagram post today, he showed off the tag for a 500-metre static rope. In Canada, […]


Watch Silvia Moser Give Tips for Rope Organization

August 2nd, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Profiles, Ropes, Video | Comments Off on Watch Silvia Moser Give Tips for Rope Organization

Silvia Moser grew up in Cortina d’Ampezzo in the heart of the Dolomites and began skiing at the age of three. She competed in alpine racing until she was 17, fighting against time between […]


Tips To Keep Your Climbing Rope in Good Shape

June 20th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Ropes | Comments Off on Tips To Keep Your Climbing Rope in Good Shape

The following is an extract from the UIAA Alpine Summer Skills Handbook focuses the factors which weaken a rope and features as part of a chapter dedicated to Equipment. You can purchase the book […]


Sterling Starts Instagram Treasure Hunt for 25th Anniversary

June 8th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Profiles, Ropes | Comments Off on Sterling Starts Instagram Treasure Hunt for 25th Anniversary

Sterling, a leading manufacturer of rope and life-safety equipment, today announced a national treasure hunt and Instagram contest for rock climbers and enthusiasts to celebrate its 25th anniversary. From June to November, Sterling will […]


Review: Black Diamond 7.8 FullDry Half Ropes

May 3rd, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Ropes | Comments Off on Review: Black Diamond 7.8 FullDry Half Ropes

Black Diamond 7.8 FullDry Half Ropes are perfect for all seasons in Canada, especially for longer rock and alpine climbs in the summer. With a next level dry treatment, they also have UIAA fall […]


Sterling DryXP Ropes Exceeds Dry Standards

March 21st, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Ropes | Comments Off on Sterling DryXP Ropes Exceeds Dry Standards

By early 2018, all of Sterling’s dry ropes were treated to the DeltaDry process. The process takes water protection to the next level and, on many of their ropes, far exceeds the UIAA Water […]