10 Tips for Your First Summer Alpine Climb

August 31st, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on 10 Tips for Your First Summer Alpine Climb

Alpine climbing combines all climbing types and tangles them up with long approaches, bigger hazards, more committing circumstances and camping (on a mountain). It doesn’t take long to know if alpine climbing is for […]


Words with Evan Hau on His New Canadian 5.15

August 29th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Words with Evan Hau on His New Canadian 5.15

Evan Hau recently made the first ascent of Canada’s second 5.15 and became the first Canadian to climb a 5.15 route. His hard climb is called Honour and Glory 5.15a and is found at […]


Portrait of a Mountain: Ha Ling Peak

August 27th, 2017 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Portrait of a Mountain: Ha Ling Peak

Ha Ling is a Canadian Rockies landmark found above the town of Canmore. The peak is a popular hike and has some of the most sought-after multi-pitch routes in the Bow Valley. It was […]


Busy Month, New Routes and Sends at Acephale

August 21st, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Busy Month, New Routes and Sends at Acephale

Acephale has long been one of Alberta’s go-to sport climbing crags for strong climbers. There is a high concentration of 5.12s, 5.13s and 5.14s and a relatively short approach. @becca_frangos latching the thank god […]


Trotter’s War Hammer his Castle Mountain Magnum Opus

August 16th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Trotter’s War Hammer his Castle Mountain Magnum Opus

Sonnie Trotter’s recent link-up of three routes on Castle Mountain combines new-school climbing with an old-school route up one of Canada’s most iconic peaks. He has named the 15-pitch 5.14a link-up War Hammer. In […]


CMC Valley Has Old-School Feel and Classic Routes

August 8th, 2017 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 […]


Centurion on Canmore Wall Goes Free at 5.10+

August 7th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in News, Profiles, Rock, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Centurion on Canmore Wall Goes Free at 5.10+

The Canmore Wall above the Bow Valley present obvious challenges for climbers, but it wasn’t climbed until 1998 when two routes were added. Over the years, the wall has seen little action and only […]