New Rockies Moderate Alpine is Full Moon Corner

November 11th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

The new routing in the Canadian Rockies has continued with another 400-metre alpine mixed route. On Nov. 5, Noboru Bob Kikuchi and Toshiyuki Yamada made the first ascent of Full Moon Corner. The M6 […]


Remote New Rockies Mixed is Grab the Cupcakes

November 10th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

The Canadian Rockies have hundreds of established mixed and ice routes and many say the area’s gems have all been climbed. But every season, climbers sniff out unclimbed lines, some where look as aesthetic […]


Unnamed Direct is New Rockies Moderate Alpine

November 9th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

On Nov. 5, Simon Richardson and Ian Welsted climbed a new 500-metre moderate alpine line between the town of Banff and Lake Louise they called Unnamed Direct WI3 M4. Richardson, the curator of ScottishWinter.com, […]


Polar Circus is a Classic 700-metre WI5 in the Rockies

November 9th, 2017 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

Polar Circus, on Cirrus Mountain in the Rockies, is one of the most famous ice routes in the world of ice climbing. The location, accessibility, length, grade and history have elevated the route to […]


New 10-Pitch 5.11 on EEOR Near Canmore is The Alt-Left

October 21st, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on New 10-Pitch 5.11 on EEOR Near Canmore is The Alt-Left

Steve Holeczi and Marc Piche have been establishing routes in the Canadian Rockies for over 20 years. Both IFMGA mountain guides, they are two of the more knowledgeable rock climbers based in Alberta. Piche […]


Josh Wharton Gives Canadian Alpine Climbing Lessons

October 18th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Josh Wharton Gives Canadian Alpine Climbing Lessons

Josh Wharton, one of America’s top climbers, spent a busy week in Canada in May 2012 where he did the first one-day ascents of the Emperor Face on Mount Robson and the Wild Thing […]


Ice Climbers Should Carry Beacons in Avalanche Areas

October 10th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Ice Climbers Should Carry Beacons in Avalanche Areas

Grant Statham is based in Canmore and has been ice climbing for 30 years. For most of that time, Statham has worked as an IFMGA mountain guide and a leading avalanche forecaster doing a […]