Four Times I’ve Been Gripped While Climbing

April 30th, 2019 by Brandon Pullan | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Four Times I’ve Been Gripped While Climbing

When I opened my first copy of Gripped magazine in 1999, I read the term gripped described as, “A colloquialism in climbing meaning in a state of fear.” I didn’t know it at the […]


Dealing with Death in the Mountains

April 25th, 2019 by Brandon Pullan | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Dealing with Death in the Mountains

Last week, three of the world’s best climbers died in an avalanche on Howse Peak on the Icefields Parkway. It sent shockwaves through the outdoor industry and the world of climbing grieved with a […]


Six Easy Bolted Rockies Multi-Pitch Climbs

April 23rd, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Six Easy Bolted Rockies Multi-Pitch Climbs

The Canadian Rockies have dozens of fun multi-pitch routes and the term “easy” shouldn’t make you think the following should be taken lightly. However, in terms of grades, these are five of the lowest […]


Yamabushi is a Big Yamnuska 5.12d/13a Sport Route

April 2nd, 2019 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Rockies, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Yamabushi is a Big Yamnuska 5.12d/13a Sport Route

In about 1999, Raphael Slawinski and Will Gadd started work on a new line on the last major buttress of Yamnuska without a route on it. It took 11 more trips up on the wall, […]


Gimme Shelter in Canadian Rockies Climbed in 2019

April 1st, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Gimme Shelter in Canadian Rockies Climbed in 2019

In 1983, Kevin Doyle and Tim Friesen made the first ascent of Gimme Shelter, a seven-pitch WI6 ice climb that forms below a large serac on Mount Quadra. The line has only been climbed […]


Spring Tips to Not Die or Get Tick Bites

March 25th, 2019 by Brandon Pullan | Posted in East, News, Rockies, Routes, West Coast | Comments Off on Spring Tips to Not Die or Get Tick Bites

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 | Comments Off on Four Bighorn Highway Alpine Rock Moderates

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 | Comments Off on Planet X in Canmore Has Steep Summer Sport Routes

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 | Comments Off on CMC Valley Has Old-School Feel and Classic Routes

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 […]