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SENDtember Gossip Report No. 2!

Monday, September 10, 2012 13:21
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Here 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. SENDtember is well under way, are you enjoying some good climbing weather where you are?

It’s already starting to feel just a wee bit better in the south which is great, because in just a few weeks we will be at the Chicks Rock! Girly Gathering in the New River Gorge, Sept. 21-23 (2 days climbing) before we head up north for our Chicks Rock! Girly Gathering in the Keene Valley (Adirondacks), Oct. 5-8  which features 3 days of climbing and a showing of Reel Rock 7 Saturday night!). Finally, we are closing out the rock season in the desert at Chicks Rock! Red Rock, Nevada Oct. 18-21 (with an optional multi-pitch day Oct. 22) and are staying in the Chicks Chalet (which you can, too!) check out all the details here. If you are interested in joining us at ANY of these clinics we are still accepting registration, so please contact us ASAP with any questions! (info(at)

And, for those of you who are already in an ice climbing state of mind, please check out the schedule for our 2013 Chicks with Picks clinics! It’s never too soon to get it on your calendar!

Last week, I wrote a blog at Chicks about how I’ve been working on changing my attitude (and hence level of ability) about face climbing. It’s not been easy, and I still definitely prefer a good, solid crack to face climbing, BUT, major progress has been made thanks in large part to the awesome Chicks network. Find out why here!

Do you want to stay more up-to-date on the climbing news during the week? We talk about most all of these on our Twitter feed here, but also post many on Pinterest, a select few on Facebook as well as Google+. We love connecting with Chicks online, so let us know who you are – and where – and we will make sure to find you!

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

- Puccio Wins 2012 Arco RockMaster Bouldering 
- GREAT post from Sarah Hueniken on the highs and lows of goal setting & what’s really behind those excuses: 
- Katie of The Morning Fresh (@themorningfresh) has a 30-day climb training plan ready for the Triple Crown competition at Hound Ears: 
- Video up at Climbing Narc (@climbingnarc) of “Sasha DiGiulian Vs. Golden (5.14b)” 
- Climber Hazel Findalay is now sponsored by Black Diamond (@BlackDiamondUSA) & there’s a nice “intro” to her here: 
- Sweet day job, eh? Climbers Heather Rietz & Jena Christiansen worked this summer climbing Devil’s Tower almost every day: 
- Video of Black Diamond athlete Sarah Seeger, on life and climbing in the Frankenjura: 
- Looking for a climbing blog? Here’s a great collection 
- Safety lessons learned from the AAC’s Accidents in NA Mountaineering from Rock & Ice in this week’s TNB: 
- Fun new video from Petzl of Chris Sharma and Daila “Back In Ceuse” 
- Good questions posed by Justin of The Stone Mind (@thestonemind) asking where do you come down on climbing gyms? 
- Nick Bullock wants to know ‘whatever happened to characters in climbing?’ 
- Great article from the Alpine Institute on glacier travel etiquette. Love this line ‘passing team should not complain about passing as they didn’t get up as early as the slower team’: 
- How to Get Started in Rock climbing: 10 Year Anniversary Series Post (we also suggest coming out to a Chicks clinic!) 
- Part 3 of the Rock & Ice Sharma series is out! Everyone needs to take a break sometimes! 
- The Daisy Chain Conundrum: 
- Like the attitude of BJ from Splitter Choss in this blog post about just being happy about climbing – no matter the style: “Live and Let Live”: 
- It’s officially Sendtember! Join the Access Fund and win gear (including swag from our sponsors at Sterling Rope & Omega Pacific!) 

- Climbing’s Olympic bid faces important test with World Championships in Paris: 
- American Alpine Institute – September Newsletter - 
- Climbing Instructor Falls 60 Feet in Acadia 
- Speed records on the Grand Teton keep getting broken: 
- Not new “news” but we missed the “breaking” news of Ueli’s latest badass climb “trilogy” 
- The Access Fund needs your help regarding Trout Creek. … 

- Good review of the Petzl (@Petzl) GriGri2  for the expert climber from our friends at the Alpinist (@AlpinistMag)
-  Climb lighter: Ropes, cams, carabiners and harnesses all lose weight while maintaining safety: 
- Anyone else intrigued? The folks at the Alpinist are going to be testing it out: An auto-locking device you can rappel with!
- Squat+pop isn’t always possible, ladies, like in a climbing harness. But here’s gear that evens the peeing field.  (this is a brand new to me, what about you?)
- The Gear Junkie covers a new harness for pregnant women (Baby on Board!) 

- More great training for climbing content from Power Company Climbing! 
- Mercedes Pollmeier talks training endurance: strength and power for climbing: 
- Want to climb hard? Do this: …

- Arc’teryx athlete Nina Caprez on “Little King” (8c), St. Ange.
- Elizabeth has ‘mountains on the brain.’ 
- Nice post on leaning into your fear from Amy of Expand Outdoors: 

Trip Reports
- Good trip report from Erica (@Cragmama) in the Obed which has some serious roofs to pull! 
- New Zealand ice climbing in August:  Yep, Sally did it & reports back from the Remarkables Ice & Mixed Festival!
- This is seriously rad!  Congrats to Ahn for her solo climb of Gannet Peak, highest point in Wyoming. 

- The latest in gluten-free bars for camping or climbing: 

Fun Stuff
- How ridiculously yummy does THIS look! “You got your apple pie in my cinnamon rolls! New on Zegedines & Bellytimber: Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie” 
- An ode to Mac & Cheese from Brendan (@semi_rad) 
- Chris Sharma, male model (heh): 

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 – anything from trip reports, nutrition and training tips, to videos. We want to share your resources with the community – much like we do with the Gossip Report and are more than happy to re-publish and share links on behalf of the women’s climbing community!

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