The Game M13 in the Rockies Turns 14

December 9th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on The Game M13 in the Rockies Turns 14

The Game was the first climb in Canada to be given and M13 grade and this winter it turns 14 years old. Ben Firth’s first ascent was a bookend to the decade or so […]


Watch Gord McArthur on Storm Giant D16

December 9th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Rockies, Routes, Video | Comments Off on Watch Gord McArthur on Storm Giant D16

Gord McArthur is one of Canada’s top winter climbers and he recently sent the drytool section of his mixed climb at D16. Storm Giant has the hardest proposed drytool grade ever climbed. Storm Giant […]


A Mixed Bag of Nuts – Canada’s Top Mixed Routes

December 9th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on A Mixed Bag of Nuts – Canada’s Top Mixed Routes

Collaborating with Slawinski, Gadd, and Owens and a group of Canadian Rockies adventure seekers, I created a top-10 mixed climbing route list. This list was put together to give some sort of direction; a guide to where you might find a climb that will leave you with shivers up your spine, grinning from ear -to-ear and hopefully psyched for more.


Simms and Walsh Banff New Routing Again

December 4th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Simms and Walsh Banff New Routing Again

Jonny Simms and Jon Walsh have teamed up again for another new route in Protection Valley behind Castle Mountain in Banff National Park. Their newest route is the 110-metre Paradise City M6 WI4, which […]


Sea of Vapours is a Classic Rockies Ice Line

November 28th, 2017 by Gripped Magazine | Posted in 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 […]


Will Stanhope Talks Howser Towers in a Day

November 27th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on Will Stanhope Talks Howser Towers in a Day

In August, Will Stanhope and Leo Houlding climbed the three biggest faces on the Howser Towers in B.C.’s Bugaboos, climbing them all free in 23 and a half hours. The big day had been […]


New Rockies Moderate Alpine is Full Moon Corner

November 11th, 2017 by gripped | Posted in Ice, News, Profiles, Rockies, Routes | Comments Off on New Rockies Moderate Alpine is Full Moon Corner

The new routing in the Canadian Rockies has continued with another 400-metre alpine mixed route. On Nov. 5, Noboru Bob Kikuchi and Toshiyuki Yamada made the first ascent of Full Moon Corner. The M6 […]