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 […]


Alik Berg Climbs Big Line on Mount Temple

December 12th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Alik Berg Climbs Big Line on Mount Temple

Mount Temple in the Canadian Rockies is one of Canada’s most iconic peaks with a number of classic alpine routes. Alik Berg recently climbed a potential new route up an obvious feature on the […]


Six Fun and Mellow Bow Valley Ice Climbs

December 11th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Six Fun and Mellow Bow Valley Ice Climbs

The Canadian Rockies have hundreds of pitches of ice climbing, from short rambles and pillars to monster alpine ice climbs. If it’s your first season or if you’re just looking to get in some […]


Watch Ascent of Sea of Vapors WI6 in Rockies

December 6th, 2018 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Rockies, Video | Comments Off on Watch Ascent of Sea of Vapors WI6 in Rockies

Sea of Vapours is one of the world’s most notorious grade six ice climbs. Found high on Mount Rundle’s Trophy Wall, the route forms regularly and has become a must-climb classic. Watch Tyler Davidson […]


Sea of Vapours is a Classic Rockies Ice Line

December 6th, 2018 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Sea of Vapours is a Classic Rockies Ice Line

Sea of Vapours is the must-climb route on Banff’s Trophy Wall, but it rarely forms in its entirety. The Trophy Wall needs no introduction. Its position above Banff, history, reputation, route difficulty and exposure […]


The Jimmy Skid Rig and that Scary Rappel

December 4th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on The Jimmy Skid Rig and that Scary Rappel

From 2006 to 2009, Will Meinen and Gripped editor Brandon Pullan spent several days establishing The Jimmy Skid Rig before recruiting Will Gadd to send the route at M10/11 WI5. Several pitches of mixed […]


Watch Rock Climbing on Yamnuska in November

November 29th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Rockies, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Watch Rock Climbing on Yamnuska in November

Before the snow fell, Gripped editor Brandon Pullan and New Zealand alpine team climber Jaz Morris teamed up for an ascent on the west end of Yamnuska. They linked the first two pitches of […]


Watch Ice Climb of Irish Mist WI3 in Canadian Rockies

November 23rd, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Watch Ice Climb of Irish Mist WI3 in Canadian Rockies

New Zealand Alpine Team climber Jaz Morris and Gripped editor Brandon Pullan head 10 minutes east of Canmore for some close-to-the-road no-avi ice climbing in fall 2018. They first climb the Water Hole WI3 […]


Watch Ice Climb of Arterial Spurt in Canadian Rockies

November 14th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Watch Ice Climb of Arterial Spurt in Canadian Rockies

Arterial Spurt is a three-pitch WI3 on Mount McGillivray in the Canadian Rockies. The rarely-formed route is found in a large alpine bowl next to Heart Mountain and has high avalanche hazards after any […]