New Route on North Face of Canmore’s Lady Mac

January 17th, 2019 by Brandon Pullan | Posted in News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes, Special Feature | No Comments »

Mount Lady MacDonald (Lady Mac) is a big mountain with a number of peaks, ridges and complex faces. It stands at 2,606 metres on the north side of the valley above Canmore in the […]


Guy Lacelle and His Epic Ice Solos on Trophy Wall

January 9th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Guy Lacelle and His Epic Ice Solos on Trophy Wall

In 1997, the late Guy Lacelle made the first free solo link up of three WI5/6 climbs on the steep and famous Trophy Wall on Mount Rundle above the town of Banff. The three […]


Watch Kris Irwin Send Caveman M9+ at Haffner Creek

January 3rd, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Watch Kris Irwin Send Caveman M9+ at Haffner Creek

Watch Kris Irwin send Caveman, a classic route in upper Haffner Creek that was first climbed by Sean Isaac back in 1999. TBT 1999: The first ascent of Caveman almost 20 years ago helped […]


Watch Ice Climber Fall With Collapsing Ice Pillar

January 2nd, 2019 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Rockies, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Watch Ice Climber Fall With Collapsing Ice Pillar

A few years ago, John Freeman was soloing a steep pillar of ice on the Icefields Parkway in Alberta. Transitioning from the pillar to the safer ice above, the pillar fractured and Freeman fell […]


Rockies Drytool Ethics Debate Sparks Up on Facebook

December 31st, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Rockies Drytool Ethics Debate Sparks Up on Facebook

A drytool crag ethics debate has started on the Canadian Rockies Ice Climbing Facebook page, which isn’t anything new, but which has raised some interesting points about ticking holds. El Dorado is a drytool […]


Canada Has Two in Top-20 of World’s Hardest Routes

December 29th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Canada Has Two in Top-20 of World’s Hardest Routes

Thanks to Adam Ondra’s visit to the Canadian Rockies this year, Canada now has two routes listed in the top-20 of the world’s hardest sport routes. Fight Club 5.15b was first climbed by Alex […]


Will Gadd’s Advice on Rope Choice for Ice Climbing

December 28th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Will Gadd’s Advice on Rope Choice for Ice Climbing

Will Gadd always has good tips and advice for ice climbers and he just published on social media his latest thoughts. This time, Gadd talks about rope choice for ice climbing. Summary: Gadd says […]


Before/After Photos of Ice Climb Pillar Collapse

December 17th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Before/After Photos of Ice Climb Pillar Collapse

Brian Merry was recently in Field, B.C. during a routine avalanche bombing on Mount Dennis above the popular Beer climbs. Merry caught a number of avalanches on film, but also a before-after of a […]


Portrait of a Mountain: North Face/Ridge of North Twin

December 14th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Portrait of a Mountain: North Face/Ridge of North Twin

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 […]


Watch Will Meinen on Physiotherapy M7 at Rehab Wal

December 14th, 2018 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Rockies, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Watch Will Meinen on Physiotherapy M7 at Rehab Wal

A couple winters ago, Will Meinen, Danny O’Farrell and Brandon Pullan developed some mixed routes at the back of Evan Thomas Creek, Kananaskis Country, Alberta. It was during Meinen’s recovery several months after breaking […]