Andy White Climbs Asclepius, New V13 in the Okanagan

June 15th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Bouldering, News, Profiles | No Comments »

Longtime local Kelowna climber Andy White has made the first ascent of a new V13 in The Boulderfields in the Okanagan Valley. He called his new problem Asclepius and wrote on Instagram after, “One […]


Jon Cardwell Climbs New 5.14d in Rifle, Colorado

June 15th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock | No Comments »

Jon Cardwell has made the first ascent of Z Nation in Rifle, Colorado, and has graded it 5.14d. Cardwell has climbed three 5.15a sport routes and said his new 5.14d is a link-up of […]


Famous Bouldering Raccoon Goes for Big Walls

June 14th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Profiles | No Comments »

In 2013, a raccoon was spotted making the first ascent of a route that was deemed impossible – a raccoon-proof urban boulder. Shortly after its big send, it packed up and left town to […]


Canadian Nick Elson Gets Speed Run Record up Half Dome

June 14th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Gripped Outdoors, Mountain, News, Profiles | No Comments »

Speed records, also called fastest known time (FKT) in the running world, are becoming more and more popular. Canadian Nick Elson, 34, has claimed the speed record for a fast lap up and down […]


Wild Extension to Boatswain is Alberta’s Hardest Multi-Pitch

June 14th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock | No Comments »

In 2017, Miles Adamson and Zach Watson made the first ascent of Don’t Rock the Boatswain, a six-pitch 5.13a on Grotto Mountain. They bolted a final seventh pitch that climbs through a steep and […]


Kaddi Lehmann is Second Woman to Send V15

June 13th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Bouldering, News, Profiles | No Comments »

Kaddi Lehmann has climbed Kryptos V15 at Basler Jura in Switzerland and has become the second female after Ashima Shiraishi to climb the grade. “Kryptos is a beautiful line following a very obvious limestone […]


Falling Tree Critically Injures Climber at Lake Louise

June 13th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock | No Comments »

A climber who was not wearing a helmet has been critically injured from a falling tree at Back of the Lake at Lake Louise, while two other climbers who were wearing helmets were injured […]