November 2006

Legendary North Texas rock climber dies in fall

by Tom Markiewicz on November 30, 2006

I just received the following information from Friends of Forester: The rock climbing community lost a legendary climber and environmental advocate on November 24 when Jimmy Ray Forester fell while climbing in El Potrero Chico in northern Mexico. Forester, an experienced, talented and well-known climber, failed to return to camp after a climb on El […]

The Boys of Everest

by Tom Markiewicz on November 30, 2006

Clint Willis has a new book out, The Boys of Everest, which was a finalist for the 2006 Banff Mountain Literature Award. The Boys of Everest: Chris Bonington and the Tragedy of Climbing’s Greatest Generation is a story of tremendous courage, staggering achievement, and heart-breaking loss. Boningtonā??s inner circleā??they came to be known as Boningtonā??s […]

Bouldering in Ireland

by Tom Markiewicz on November 14, 2006

TheShortSpan has a great guide to bouldering in Ireland. The guide is downloadable in doc and pdf format and contains over 900 problems from all over the country. The site also has some articles on climbing in Ireland including this intro to the bouldering.

Rock climbing not linked to arthritis

by Tom Markiewicz on November 13, 2006

A University of Tennessee study has shown that rock climbing does not increase the risk of osteoarthritis in the hands and fingers (Forbes). This is good news for climbers because even if the reverse were true and climbing did cause arthritis, we wouldn’t stop climbing anyway… The researchers compared 27 rock climbers and 35 non-climbers […]