Sonnie Trotter Completes Rockies Trilogy Project

September 18th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock | Comments Off on Sonnie Trotter Completes Rockies Trilogy Project

In the Rockies, Sonnie Trotter completed his Rockies trilogy earlier this month. He climbed three of his big alpine 5.14s in one summer with Dexter Bateman: Blue Jeans Direct on Yamnuska, War Hammer on […]


New 17-pitch Big Wall Line Opened on Bugaboo Spire

September 18th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on New 17-pitch Big Wall Line Opened on Bugaboo Spire

Tutti Frutti Summer Love is the newest addition to the Bugaboos after the hot and dry summer of 2017. It was climbed by Vlad Capusan and Tom Schindfessel in August. The 17-pitch 5.11+ A3 […]


Beat Kammerlander Opens New 5.14 in Ratikon

September 15th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Video | Comments Off on Beat Kammerlander Opens New 5.14 in Ratikon

Legendary Austrian climber Beat Kammerlander has made the first free ascent of Kampfzone 5.14b in the famous Ratikon range. He established the hard line in 2015, but had to abandon his free attempt due […]


Alannah Yip Climbs Pulse as Her First 5.14a

September 14th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock | Comments Off on Alannah Yip Climbs Pulse as Her First 5.14a

West Coast crusher and Canadian competition champion Alannah Yip has sent Pulse, the first 5.14a ever established in Canada. Not only that, but she grabbed the first female ascent for those keeping track. Top […]


Squamish Climber Les McDonald Passes at 84

September 13th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Rock | Comments Off on Squamish Climber Les McDonald Passes at 84

Les McDonald was established a number of climbs on Canada’s West Coast in the 1950s and 1960s, he passed away on Sept. 4 in Vancouver at 84 years of age. McDonald moved on from […]


Shoulders of Giants is New-ish Squamish Aid

September 12th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock | Comments Off on Shoulders of Giants is New-ish Squamish Aid

Jon Rigg and Chris Trull have continued with their aid explorations on The Chief in Squamish by opening new ground. Their summer adventure took them up an unrepeated and unfinished 2002 project of Andrew […]


Said Belhaj Gets Lucky 13th on Cobra Crack 5.14

September 11th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock | Comments Off on Said Belhaj Gets Lucky 13th on Cobra Crack 5.14

It took Swedish climber Said Belhaj only eight days to sort out Cobra Crack 5.14b in Squamish for the route’s 13th free ascent. It’s also the third time the hard finger crack has been […]