Get’er, it’s Gossip time!

April 23, 2012

ImageHere on the Chicks Climbing Gossip Report you can catch up on all of the great gossip (articles, videos, and other assorted cool stuff) we talked about over the past week at Chicks Climbing.

We are getting ready to head off to Indian Creek this week with our first Chicks Rock! all crack climbing clinic! Since we will be OFF the grid during the clinic, we will not have a gossip report next week (the sacrifices we must make for climbing ūüėČ !) but will do our best to catch up that second Monday in May along with some reports from the Creek!!!!!!!!

If you didn‚Äôt catch the blog last week, check out my trip report from my second ice climbing foray to Canada this season, which a bout of cellulitis tried to take down (unsuccessfully!) otherwise known as ‚ÄúHow I came to have a zombie leg in Canada‚ÄĚ. Check it out here.

We also posted a blog about the Head Chick’s upcoming Passion & Potential retreat which is part of her Mind over Mountains program. All the details on this great event can be found here.

We had a wonderful new contribution to our Chicks Chat section this week, Kerry from North Carolina has just discovered climbing and shares her story here. ¬†Check out what else is going on in our ‚ÄúChicks Chat‚ÄĚ section of the website and get in on the discussion!

Also, don’t forget to check us out on Pinterest, where we are archiving many of the cool articles we link to. But be warned, it’s a total time suck! If you are on it too, hit us up with your link so we can follow all of our fellow climber Chicks! You can find us here: http://pinterest.com/chicksclimbing/

Did we miss any cool stuff this week?  Let us know if you’ve got a link to some climbing-related goodies so we can share with everyone else!

РCool video of Alizée Dufraisse getting SO close to linking La Rambla (5.15a)  http://vimeo.com/40396466
– Austrian Johanna Ernst does the FFA of 5.14c Open Your Mind in Santa Linya, Spain. http://ow.ly/aoRU7
РNice post from Alli Rainey (@allirainey) who keeps plugging away on a route she never thought she could do and is really nearing a send: http://ht.ly/as9wK
РBrittany Griffith, a Patagonia (@Patagonia) ambassador, writes about her recent slab climbing in Spain: http://ht.ly/ao37a
Р Kate Rutherford at it again. New route, Astrochoss, in Patagonia. http://ow.ly/aoRZA
РDo you love to ice climb as much as these guys? Two Newfoundland iceclimbers swim out to icebergs to climb them: http://natpo.st/HT6GnW
РMaking the transition from winter to spring Рin sport and the mental game! New blog from Christa (@ClimbingBetty): http://ht.ly/as98H
– Look! It’s our web developers from¬†Visual Adventures (@visualadventure) celebrating their anniversary¬†in this @ORGEAR¬†Classic: Castleton Tower & the Rectory http://ht.ly/ajd6C
РMatilda Söderlund onsights to 5.13ds including Pati pa mi on recent trip to Spain. http://ow.ly/aoS3K
–¬† Alex Honnold free solos 700-foot Fiesta del Biceps (5.11d) of Riglos, Spain:¬†http://ht.ly/ajRma
РPart two in a fantastic series: An Outing with Donini: Porch Angles (Part Two)  http://bit.ly/HPDBNK by Kelly Cordes (@kcordes)
– “I just wanted to impress you…”¬†A hilarious post from Andrew Bisharat of Evening Sends (@EveningSends):¬†The Best Wobbler I Ever Saw –¬†http://bit.ly/HY0jRS
РAfter recovering from a bout of tendonitis Marmot (@marmotpro) athlete Paige Claassen gets back at it: http://ht.ly/an0Yx
РClimber Majka Burhardt (@majkaburhardt) kicks off her spring break with a trip to climb in Red Rock: http://bit.ly/HHNVE7
РNew interview with climber Sasha DiGiulian (@sashadigiulian): http://bit.ly/I7uIiA
– The Cactus Connection: Blake Herrington & Chris Weidner put up new route in Red Rock. http://bit.ly/JFQA16
Р Jason Kehl on Ashima Shiraishi’s time in Hueco Tanks: http://bit.ly/J5QtSs
– Adam Ondra: “I certainly can’t state that I can do all 8c’s on-sight. In general though‚Ķ‚ÄĚ http://fb.me/A433xgXw
РExtremely thorough intro to ice climbing from AAI’s (@AlpineInstitute) Mike Pond: http://ht.ly/ajTUk
РIf you didn’t see this last week you missed some badass climbing from an awesome Chick: http://bit.ly/HRvBYm
– Nice write-up from¬†Rock and Ice (@RockandIce)¬†of the inspiring Arlene Blum’s induction into the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence: http://bit.ly/HFOzmP
РGif of Rock Climber Life (@rockclimberlife) says the best book you can get for learning how to placing gear & building anchors is Rock Climbing Anchors: A Comprehensive Guide http://ht.ly/ao2v3
– The Enormocast keeps putting out the goods, this time an interview with Sam Lightner, Jr. http://fb.me/1V07tNK75
– Amazing speakers &¬†alpine adventures¬†galore at the Women’s Leadership¬†& Adventure¬†Summit —¬†http://ow.ly/agLdE
– This Friday¬†Jeline of Climb On, Sister! (@ClimbOnSister)¬†has a feature on Jessica, a new-to-climbing gal who is already full-on addicted ūüėȬ†http://bit.ly/IDRa0A

РThe AAC (@AmericanAlpine) April newsletter came out last week, and has lots of cool climbing opportunities in it!  http://ht.ly/al6hq
– What’s your take? Adidas partners with gyms and generally continues to cozy up to climbers: ¬†http://owl.li/ajoFZ
РBest of the week from Gear Whores: http://ow.ly/apqJQ
– This week’s outdoor &¬†climbing news from¬†AAI (@AlpineInstitute) http://tinyurl.com/cghub6u
– Everest Guide Dies After 15-Story Fall Into Ice Chasm http://on.natgeo.com/HSCESA

Training & Nutrition
РWant stronger fingers for climbing? Here’s how to train to get them:  http://is.gd/cF295K
РYoga for Climbers: http://ht.ly/aldfO
РThe importance & right way to warm up for climbing from Splitter Choss (@splitterchoss): http://www.splitterchoss.com/2012/04/19/warm-up-shmorm-up/
– ¬†Tali of Cupcake Mafia reviews her namesake piece that is good for any woman ‚Äď whether pregnant or not ‚Äď the Mountain Mama (@MtMamaMaternity) Tali Wrap:¬†http://ow.ly/apA75

РStellar post from Black Diamond (@BlackDiamondUSA) QC lab on the potential lifespan of your crampons http://ht.ly/aji98
РTotally love the Patagonia (@patagonia) simple guide pants & so does Jill (@Geargals) in her latest review: http://ht.ly/ajeLg

Trip Reports
РJeline from Climb On, Sister! (@ClimbOnSister) writes about her 6-day trip to Hueco where her appetite to climb was still not satiated! http://ht.ly/ajdNO
РGif of Rock Climber Life (@rockclimberlife) writes about his 3-day climb fest at the Red over Easter: http://ht.ly/ajiR2
РJillian (@JillianLaura) takes her first outdoor bouldering trip in Pawtuckaway & learns a lot for her next outing:  http://ht.ly/akPCU
РSome sweet photos of Dreaming in Vertical’s (@dreaminvertical) Thanksgiving-day run in Bishop: http://bit.ly/J5kXmF
– New trip report from¬†Vanessa (@vanizzle17)¬†from this winter’s ice climbing trip in Canmore/Banff:¬† http://ht.ly/akR1u
РTrip report and photos from Katie’s (@themorningfresh) climbing adventures to Little River Canyon in Alabama. http://wp.me/pUBYV-Mg
РFun first-time Red Rock trip for Dude’s with Tents (@DudesWithTents): http://ht.ly/anVrx
РEver heard of Kolob? Maybe not, but you may very well want to go there to climb after checking out this blog: http://livestellar.blogspot.com/

– In our experience, you are far tougher than you think you are. New from Brendan (@semi_rad):¬†“How Tough Are You?”¬†http://bit.ly/HStgSH

Fun Stuff
– It‚Äôs official ‚Äď you can now buy Semi-Rad T-shirts! ¬†http://ow.ly/ajrfA
РTake your Kids Rock Climbing! http://goo.gl/mnbfR
– Get ready to laugh at the camera trickery and absurdity as Bear Grylls ‚Äúclimbing‚ÄĚ in Moab:¬† http://ht.ly/aoqPu
РFunniest (and saddest) ice climbing trip report of the season. http://ht.ly/apwre

If you have a blog entry that you think would be of interest to the women of Chicks Climbing please let us know! We love getting contributed content from other women ‚Äď anything from trip reports, nutrition and training tips, to videos. We want to share your resources with the community ‚Äď much like we do with the Gossip Report and are more than happy to re-publish and share links on behalf of the women‚Äôs climbing community!


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