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Gripped Week in Review: Squamish, Emperor Face, Lead Champs

This is a weekly summary of top climbing stories from May 12 to 25.


There’s been records set, tragic deaths and big rescues this year on the world’s highest peak.

Emperor Face

Niall Hamill and Ryan Richardson are the first climbers in nearly 40 years to visit this epic Mount Robson route.

Catherine Vaillancourt

Canadian boulderer makes historical send in Rocklands, South Africa, of a steep V12.

Half Dome

For the first time in eight years, a hiker fell to their death from the cables on Half Dome.

Grand Central Couloir

Quentin Lindfield Roberts solos one of the Canadian Rockies most classic alpine lines.

New Squamish V14

Nalle Hukkataival climbs an old project and new V14 in Squamish.

Canadian Lead Champs

Alannah Yip and Elan Jonas-McRae are Lead champs for 2018.


The massive north face of Changabang gets its fastest ascent ever.

Free Weed

A big new Squamish route is called Free Weed and adds new terrain right of Freeway on The Chief.

Jumbo Love

Jonathan Siegrist makes the third ascent of Jumbo Love 5.15b in California.

Babsi on 5.14d

Barbara Zangerl makes a rare ascent of Speed Integrale 5.14d.

Alex Fricker

Alex Fricker repeated Fit Bird Direct 5.14 in Echo Canyon in Alberta.

Adam Ondra in Canada

Adam Ondra will be visiting the Bow Valley Rock Fest in Canmore this summer.