Top Alpinists in Canadian Rockies for Spring

March 25th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles | No Comments »

Spring in the Canadian Rockies often means there will be a few windows for climbers to tackle some of the Rockies’ biggest alpine walls, like Mount Temple, Kitchener, Cromwell, Robson or any of the […]


Top 16 Hardest Trad Climbs in the World

March 25th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles | No Comments »

There are far more difficult sport pitches in the world than trad pitches, likely because sport climbing offers the safety of bolts and there are many more steep walls than steep cracks. The following […]


Jacopo Larcher’s New Route Might Be World’s Hardest Trad

March 23rd, 2019 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles | No Comments »

Jacopo Larcher has made the first free ascent of Tribe, a difficult 25-metre-tall trad route in Cadarese, Italy, and it might be the hardest trad line ever climbed. Larcher isn’t grading it, but he […]


Weekend Stoker: Jon Siegrist’s FA of Pure Imagination 514+

March 22nd, 2019 by gripped | Posted in International, Profiles, Routes, Video | No Comments »

This is a short film which features Jonathan Siegrist on the first ascent of Pure Imagination 5.14c. It was filmed over two cold days in The Red River Gorge, Kentucky. Siegrist made the first […]


Just Released Clip of Dave MacLeod on Indian Face E9

March 22nd, 2019 by gripped | Posted in International, Profiles, Routes | No Comments »

Watch Dave MacLeod climbing the worlds most notorious E9 called Indian Face back in 2010 in this new-for-2019 web clip from Hot Aches Production. First put up by Johnny Dawes in the 1980s, it’s […]


Margo Hayes Sends Another 5.15 with Papichulo

March 22nd, 2019 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles | No Comments »

Margo Hayes has sent Papichulo 5.15a in Oliana, Spain, a classic hard limestone route first climbed by Chris Sharma in 2008. Hayes is fresh off making third place in the USA open bouldering championships. […]


Five Fun Bolted Moderate Banff Multi-Pitch Routes

March 22nd, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | 1 Comment »

Banff is one of Canada’s most popular tourist towns, but it is also an ice and rock climbing hub. In the winter, people from around the world use Banff, located in Banff National Park in […]


Edu Marin Sends World’s Biggest Roof Climb at 5.15a

March 21st, 2019 by gripped | Posted in International, News, Profiles, Routes | No Comments »

Edu Marin has made the first free ascent of Valhalla on the Getu Grand Arch in China at 5.15a. He describes it as, “The largest roof in the world.” The complete route is 450 […]


Nina Williams Sends Too Big to Flail V10 Highball

March 21st, 2019 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles | No Comments »

Top boulderer Nina Williams has climbed Too Big to Flail, the massive V10 highball in the Buttermilks of Bishop. While the grade is V10, the nearly 20-metre highball is more like a 5.13d free-solo. […]


Planet X in Canmore Has Steep Summer Sport Routes

March 21st, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

Planet X is a steep crag in Cougar Creek north of Canmore in the Bow Valley. The X is meant to be the roman numeral for “ten” but the crag’s name is certainly pronounced […]