Category Archives: Climbing Newfoundland

Sport, trad, gym and bouldering. Rock climbing in Newfoundland, Canada. Photography by Greg Locke.

Ice climbing season in Newfoundland

Ice climbing season was very short …but spectacular! on the east coast of Newfoundland this year. We had a rare very short winter. But we made the most of it! Here is Lewis Loader on High Anxiety near Flatrock, north of St John’s. This waterfall route comes in pretty solid and consistent every year as a 40m (120ft) WI5.

New rock and ice climbing gallery

We have consolidated and redone our rock and ice climbing gallery. Please check it out for some fun climbing photos from Newfoundland. Rock & Ice Climbing

The frozen lands…


Adventure time in the frozen lands. Ice climbing season has returned to Eastern Newfoundland with great fat ice coming in at Stiles Cove, Red Head Cove, Bell Island and South Side Road in St John’s. The hurricane/blizzard certainly helped. This is Lewis Loader on High Anxiety, a WI5 rating in Red Head Cove, Flatrock, Newfoundland. There is a series of photos over on my Instagram @greg.locke 

#explorenewfoundland #alpineclubofcanada #iceclimbing

Winter is here!

…and that means shooting some ice climbing. Here is a little “Behind The Scenes” of me hanging out with Terry Day climbing “High Anxiety”, a 40 meter, WI5 with very irregular formations in Red Head Cove, Newfoundland. Needless to say that this takes a lot of planning. Not only what cameras and lenses to take but the best outdoor gear and safety equipment that will keep you warm and dry but still give you room to hike and climb in. Thanks to Trevor Wragg for the photo of us.

 

Best of 2018

Well, there goes 2018. Hope it was good to you. Here are my top 9 photos of the year according to Instagram.  Although the one of me was taken by Terry Day! Nice to look back and curious because what your favourite photos, or what you might consider the “best” …. are seldom what other think. The thing I like about these are they are a product of great subjects and great adventures. Here is to 2019 so get out there and make great photos!  #2018bestnine.

Bride on the rocks

Mandy and Steve got married!!  …but being avid rock climbers they wanted some photos that reflected their love of the sport. This is not the realm of regular wedding photographers so they turned to their local climbing community.  So on a beautiful fall morning our small crew headed out to make this happen for them. Along with Mandy and Steve there was, rope access specialist and photographer Terry Day, experienced climber Thom Smith, all ’round adventurer and drone pilot Brandon Whelan and myself. We had a location in mind at a regular climbing crag in Flatrock, north of St John’s that had the right combination of dramatic and being fairly “wedding dress accessible” …despite being called “BloodBath”. The plan was reviewed, ropes were rigged, the drone was launched and everyone took their places. I’m hoping this was a first for Newfoundland. Thanks everyone for an epic shoot and a big congratulations to Mandy and Steve!

Erinn on the Crab House

 

Erinn Locke climbing on the Crab House boulders in Flat Rock, Newfoundland. for Global Climbing Day. She is a competition climber, member of the Alpine Club of Canada and supported by Scarpa and Prana through Agences Stephane Morin in Montreal.

Erinn Locke qualifies for Nationals.

Erinn and her teammates went to the Coupe Quebec provincial championships last week and her and Lily Dubrowski made finals and earned a spot at the Canadian National Youth Bouldering Championships in Vancouver in February. This is the first time since 2008 that Newfoundland climbers have qualified for this event.You can help get these two across the country and represent Newfoundland and Labrador on the national competition climbing scene by donating to their Go Fund Me Pages!

Erinn’s page: https://www.gofundme.com/send-erinn-to-nationals-in-bc

Lily’s page: https://www.gofundme.com/lily-at-bouldering-nationals

 

Erinn Locke wins Women’s Open at Bloc on the Rock

WELL!  We’re pretty proud of this girl. Erinn won the Woman’s Open division of the Newfoundland Bloc on The Rock climbing competition at Wallnuts Climbing Centre in St John’s this week.

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2016 Bloc on The Rock video!

Our video from the 2016 Bloc on The Rock climbing competition at Wallnuts Climbing Centre in St John’s, Newfoundland. This bouldering event kicked of the climbing competition season and is the first of two major provincial competitions in the province.