Spring Tips to Not Die or Get Tick Bites

March 25th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in East, News, Rockies, Routes, West Coast | No Comments »

Spring means rock climbing season in Canada and there’s already been climbers out in Squamish, the Bow Valley, the Niagara Escarpment, at crags in Quebec and on the east coast. It’s that time of […]


Four Bighorn Highway Alpine Rock Moderates

March 22nd, 2019 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

The Bighorn Highway has long been an Alberta go-to climbing destination. It is the name given to the 66-kilometre Highway 40 in Kananaskis Country that runs north to south from Barrier Mountain to King […]


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 […]


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 […]


CMC Valley Has Old-School Feel and Classic Routes

March 17th, 2019 by Chris Perry | Posted in Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

This quiet and secluded valley lies immediately north of Yamnuska and contains a number of south-facing cliffs smaller in height than Yamnuska and frequently more sheltered. Access up the valley from the east is […]


The North Face of North Twin is Big, Cold and Dangerous

March 16th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | No Comments »

The north face of the North Twin on the Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rockies is one of the most talked about alpine walls in the world of hard alpinism. When the first ascent […]


Let’s Not Call it the Squaw’s Tit Anymore

March 1st, 2019 by Brandon Pullan | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes, Special Feature | Comments Off on Let’s Not Call it the Squaw’s Tit Anymore

Someone asked me the other day if I had climbed the Squaw’s Tit and it seemed so bizarre that folks still call it by such an offensive name. The names of mountains matter and […]


Legendary Conrad Kain and Three Kain Routes to Climb

February 24th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Legendary Conrad Kain and Three Kain Routes to Climb

Conrad Kain was one of the first climbers who pushed big alpine and rock climbs in western Canada. He moved to Canada in 1909 at the age of 25. He moved to the Rockies after […]


Weekend Stoker: Bloodied Face Huey Battles Big Drip

February 15th, 2019 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Ice, Profiles, Rockies, Video | Comments Off on Weekend Stoker: Bloodied Face Huey Battles Big Drip

Watch climber Jesse Huey sessions The Real Big Drip in the Ghost River, Alberta. Huey is currently in Patagonia with Will Stanhope. The Real Big Drip is a 200-metre mixed route in the Ghost […]


Watch Takakkaw Falls Ice Climb Ascent

February 9th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Watch Takakkaw Falls Ice Climb Ascent

Takakkaw Falls is one of Canada’s highest waterfalls and is located in Yoho National Park in B.C. First climbed by Jack Firth, Bugs McKeith, John Lauchlan and Rob Wood in 1974 and freed without […]