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New Ontario Sport Multi-Pitch Guide in Gripped

With over 20 bolted multi-pitch routes from 5.8 to 5.12, don't miss your chance to pick up the newest topo to the best tall wall in the area

Just in time for spring, Gripped magazine will feature the first and most up-to-date guide to some of the province’s best multi-pitch climbing. Riverside, also known as Shotgun, is roadside cliff that is home to more than 20 bolted multi-pitches, with an active community of developers from Toronto, Barrie, Collingwood and Sault Ste. Marie.

Development on the wall in 2019, with teams of climbers spending countless hours scrubbing, cleaning and bolting new routes until the summer of 2022. While there are several more projects, the established routes follow the best lines up vertical faces, tricky slabs and through overhangs. The area is on Crown Land, but you need to pay to access the road via a private residence, unless you have an ATV. Once in the backcountry, you can camp almost anywhere, except on a handful of private hunt camps, fish the river and have big wall-style adventures.

The crag rises next to the Little White River north of Iron Bridge west of Sudbury. It’s 150 metres tall at the highest point. David Smart, along with his brother Reg Smart and longtime route developer John Kaandorp, climbed Bullets Before Breakfast, the first major climb up the wall three years ago. The five-pitch 5.10a follows a few short walls to the North Channel Ledge and on to the upper wall. It’s become one of Ontario’s most popular multi-pitches.

Below is a video by Mike Park of Dustin Hooey climbing Mango Haze, a five-pitch 5.12. Be sure to pick up the April/May issue of Gripped magazine for a full guide, topos, history and more.

For a full guide with grades and names, pick up the April/May issue of Gripped magazne

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