Four Big Unclimbed Canadian Rockies Walls

May 7th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Four Big Unclimbed Canadian Rockies Walls

The Canadian Rockies have some big walls and despite being close to the road and at a low elevation, there are still a number that are unclimbed. Many climbers know of the biggest climbed […]


First Reported Ascent of Jeannette Peak in Eastern B.C.

April 25th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on First Reported Ascent of Jeannette Peak in Eastern B.C.

Jeannette Peak in eastern B.C. is 3,089 metres high and until this April was likely unclimbed. The peak is located in the Selwyn Range of the Canadian Rockies and was first climbed on April […]


The Route: Spring Climb Up Yamnuska’s Kahl Wall

April 16th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on The Route: Spring Climb Up Yamnuska’s Kahl Wall

Kahl Wall is one of one of the most historical classic routes on Yamnuska in the Canadian Rockies. It was originally climbed an aid/free route by Don Vockeroth and Tim Auger in 1971 and […]


Watch Send of Nice 5.11c at Sunshine Rock in Banff

April 13th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Watch Send of Nice 5.11c at Sunshine Rock in Banff

James Blackhall has spent the better part of the past two summers climbing and establishing new routes. He wasted no time in spring 2017 to get to work. At the now-popular Sunshine Rock just […]


Skier Saved from Deep Under Rockies Avalanche

April 6th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Mountain, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Skier Saved from Deep Under Rockies Avalanche

The following trip report is by Tim Banfield who originally posted it on the Backcountry YYC Facebook page. We are sharing it because there are valuable points to take away. One skier was buried […]


Portrait of a Mountain: Mount Louis in Banff

April 3rd, 2018 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Portrait of a Mountain: Mount Louis in Banff

A profile of Banff’s Mount Louis, the scene of thousands of memorable ascents since 1916.


Throwback to Talk on Hard Rockies Alpine Climbs

March 29th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Throwback to Talk on Hard Rockies Alpine Climbs

In 2007, a group of top Canadian climbers gave a panel discussion at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Barry Blanchard, Raphael Slawinski, Sean Isaac and Steve Holeczi discussed their obsessions with the area and […]