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Climbs and Climbers to Follow – 7/14/10

Posted on: July 14th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

Welcome to this Wednesday’s roundup of blogs and climbing sites we’re digging lately here in the AAC office. As always, let us know what you think in the comments, or point us toward ones deserving of a mention. For now, let’s get to it:

1. http://verticalcarnival.blogspot.com/

Full of stunningly well made climbing videos on the most perfect rock around the globe, this blog, written and edited by North Face (an AAC partner) athletes Cedar Wright, Renan Ozturk and Cory Richards, is one that the AAC staff get excited to check out when a new post goes live. Check it out for “dispatches” from the NF crew in Turkey, Nepal and even a sneak peek of Australia (full version in the Reel Rock Tour, but for now, a music video in which climbing meets “Total Eclipse of the Heart”). Sometimes they’re funny (Timmy O’Neill is center stage as of this post) and sometimes they let the climbing and surrounding locale speak for itself, but it’s always worth the few minutes to watch. So pumped to point you in that direction…

Australia Climbing Adventure_THE MUSICAL_Total Eclipse from Cedar Wright on Vimeo.

2. http://www.chickswithpicks.net/blog-posts/

Chicks Climbing Logo

One for the ladies. Chicks with Picks (ice climbing clinics) and Chicks Rock! (new rock skills clinics) combine to form Chicks Climbing, an all-around rad place for the women climbers of all abilities. Their goal? To be the “epicenter for women’s climbing conversations, Chick sightings, networking, hot topics, and a little girly-gossip.” More than just gossip, though, the site is FULL of news, tips, training ideas, GIVEAWAYS and more. Especially helpful is their roundup of links each week, pointing out tons of sweet things in the online and offline climbing world. Check them out on Twitter, too…

3. http://www.smileysproject.com/50/Update_FCC.html

Mark and Janelle Smiley

And finally, for a little “we always talked about it but they’re actually doing it” inspiration, check out Mark and Janelle Smiley’s project to complete all fifty climbs of the famous book, Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. Ten of their climbs will be filmed and documented on their quest that includes over 164,000 vertical feet and 25,000 miles of road-tripping. Videos, their schedule (and a map!) of all the climbs and blog updates are all available on their site.

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