December 2008

Alpinist Magazine Assets Finally Sold to High Bidder

by Tom Markiewicz on December 31, 2008

The GetOutdoors blog is reporting that Alpinist has finally been sold to a high bidder. No details yet on the identity of the buyer. In the end, the final bid was for $71,000. That’s the bad news for the debt holders and/or investors given the millions that were pumped in. On the positive side, the […]

Merry Christmas Climbers!

by Tom Markiewicz on December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! Hopefully Santa Claus brought you some cool climbing gear for Christmas! If so, leave a comment and let us know what fun new gear you’ll get to play with in the new year.

Climbing Magazine 2008 Reader Survey

by Tom Markiewicz on December 23, 2008

While print magazines are rapidly becoming less and less relevant, some of us still subscribe (like me!) and would like to see them improve. I received an email from Climbing Magazine with a link to their annual reader survey for both subscribers and non-subscribers. The survey is rather long, but I highly recommend filling it […]

On the theme of climbing access, please take some time to view the documentary Heart of Stone, a film from Andrew Kornylak and Josh Fowler. This is a fantastic, must-watch climbing video. I spent a lot of time climbing and bouldering in the Southeast and this film really hits home emphasizing the access issues as […]

Time to Join or Renew Your Access Fund Membership

by Tom Markiewicz on December 22, 2008

My postal mail has backed up quite a bit over the past couple weeks and I just started sorting out some of the non-bills. I saw an Access Fund letter and immediately opened it – time to renew. I should have remembered this sooner, especially since Climbing Narc posted about the Access Fund recently. Luckily, […]

Fund Raising Match for Flatirons Climbing Projects

by Tom Markiewicz on December 17, 2008

If you climb in the Colorado Front Range, please read the following announcement posted recently on Mountain Project: The Flatirons Climbing Council (FCC) has received a generous matching-funds offer to encourage donations. The donor has agreed to match up to $1,000 in donations received by Dec 31. The FCC uses donations to purchase materials and […]

Bouldering in Morrison, Colorado

by Tom Markiewicz on December 16, 2008

A few weeks ago, I had a chance to check out the bouldering at Morrison in Colorado. It was an unusually gray and cloudy day, so I didn’t get many pictures, but I did want to write up my mini summary of the area. First off, Morrison is the kind of bouldering area where you […]

What Climbing Area Are You Writing About?

by Tom Markiewicz on December 10, 2008

In the past I’ve occasionally made pleas to climbing bloggers for various pet-peeves, so long time readers should find my new one none too surprising. As more climbing blogs proliferate, one thing driving me nuts is how so many posts are written on trip reports, climbing areas, and photos with no mention of the actual […]

Looking for Climbers on Twitter?

by Tom Markiewicz on December 9, 2008

I was recently trying to compile a list of climbers with accounts on Twitter, but found out Rock Climber Girl beat me to it! Luckily, I barely started my list so I’m currently helping edit and maintain her list of climbers who use Twitter. If you use Twitter, please check the wiki and if you’re […]

Lynn Hill has sent Chablanke (V11/V12) in Hueco Tanks, Texas making this the 7th female ascent of the problem. While it’s always to great to hear about strong sends from young(er) climbers, I’m always most impressed with news from climbers past the age of 40. I suppose it’s because as I get older I gain […]

Climbing Events Calendar

by Tom Markiewicz on December 5, 2008

Looking for upcoming climbing events including comps, slideshows, and festivals? Check out the new All Climbing Events Calendar. I’ve tried forever to find a single comprehensive list of climbing events, but they were scattered across numerous sites. So All Climbing is putting together the most comprehensive list anywhere. Check it out and if you see […]

Climbing for Kids

by Tom Markiewicz on December 3, 2008

I received an interesting press release from Bay Area Wilderness Training that many of you may find useful – do some fund raising, bag some big peaks, and get free gear. What better way is there to climb a fantastic peak and help kids at the same time? You can join Climbing For Kids and […]