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Climbs and Climbers to Follow – 7/22/10

Posted on: July 21st, 2010 by Erik Lambert

The Wednesday roundup of climbing blogs, climbers and expeditions worth your reading time: this week we’ve got an office-staff favorite (thanks Dana!), a blog of one of our partners, and one from two of our hard-pulling members (and we know more of you are out there! Send what you’re doing, big or small, this way and we’d love to highlight it). Now, without further ado:

Climbing Narc Image1. http://climbingnarc.com/

The tagline of this one is “so obsessed with climbing it hurts,” and it’s a great representation of the job he does in rounding up what’s going on in the climbing world, from new gear (new and smaller Petzl grigri coming out!), climbing news and FA stories from around the country, great videos, and live coverage of competitions (including the upcoming Unified Bouldering Comp that will happen in less than two weeks in Salt Like City). Check out the about section of the blog to see what prompted Brian Runnels to start the site, and subscribe to get updates from any of the site’s categories delivered straight to you.

Bjorn-Eivind Artun On Messner Colouir

Bjørn-Eivind Artun high in the Messner Couloir on our first visit of the expedition to Denali's summit. Photo by Colin Haley.

2. http://www.thecleanestline.com/

The Cleanest Line is the blog for employees, customers and friends of one of our partners, outdoor clothing company Patagonia. Here, they encourage dialogue about the products they make, the environmental issues they care about, and the outdoor pursuits they love. We probably don’t need to say much more – you’ll find stories that inspire you to keep exploring this precious planet, and engaging dialogue about issues that affect it. For a recent post you won’t want to miss, check out this trip report: “Alaska 2010 with Colin Haley: Dracula and Cassin Simul-Solo.”

3. Planet Kauffman: http://www.joelandneilsclimbingblog.blogspot.com/

North Pillar by Joel Kauffman

Joel's comment: "When the snow clears off the North Pillar there will be good climbing."

The blog of AAC members and brothers Joel and Neil Kauffman, sent this way with the message, “these guys are the real deal” (thanks Kim for the tip). On the blog, the guys share stories and photos from their climbing trips around the country, and they are enough to inspire us all. We especially enjoyed the recent photos from various lines throughout their Alaska trip, with other AAC member Andres Marin. Keep the posts coming, guys, and well done!