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Climbing Blog is Retiring

Thu, 29 May 2014 20:52:04 +00002014-05-29T20:52:04Z

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On June 2, Monday, the blogs at About.com will be going away. Past blog posts will still be available on the Climbing site, with the posts archived as articles and redirected to relevant categories. I still may continue writing blog posts of timely and important climbing news and updates but the central part of the landing page will promote new articles.

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61st Anniversary of First Ascent of Mount Everest

Thu, 29 May 2014 10:24:49 +00002014-05-29T10:24:49Z

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Today, May 29, is Mount Everest Day in commemoration of May 29, 1953 when New Zealander beekeeper Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepali Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first humans to stand atop the 29,029-foot (8,848-meter) summit of the world's highest mountain on the border of Nepal and Tibet at 11:30 in the morning.

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Need a Climbing Guide? Backcountry.com Offers Detour to Hook You Up

Mon, 26 May 2014 11:03:30 +00002014-05-26T11:03:30Z

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If you're traveling and don't have a climbing partner then check out Backcountry.com's new Detour site and find a local climbing guide to get you out climbing. Detour currently offers adventure guides in four different regions--Colorado, Utah, California, and New England--with over 100 adventures which include, besides rock climbing, fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, ice climbing, rafting, and mountaineering.

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New Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designated by President Obama

Wed, 21 May 2014 11:09:48 +00002014-05-21T11:09:48Z

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The Organ Mountains, a ragged 20-mile-long range of spires and rough peaks, forms the skyline of Las Cruces in southern New Mexico as well as one of the best adventure climbing areas in the United States. Today, May 21, the Organs as well as the Dona Ana Mountains, Potrillo Mountains, Robledo Mountains, and Uvas Mountains will become part of America's newest national monument--the 496,000-acre Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

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Lightning Likes High Places Like Climbers

Sat, 17 May 2014 20:28:35 +00002014-05-17T20:28:35Z

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I climbed to the summit of South Gateway Rock at the Garden of the Gods early this afternoon. The air was warm and still. To the west towered Pikes Peak, its 14,115-foot bulk still blanketed in winter snow. High swirling clouds surrounded the great peak, with veils of snow obscuring its high slopes and curtains of rain hanging over its lower mountains.

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Climbing Bears at Big Bend National Park

Tue, 13 May 2014 14:11:34 +00002014-05-13T14:11:34Z

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Lots of animals are fabulous rock climbers. Like monkeys, who scale cliff faces effortlessly, making spectacular dyno moves that leave the best human climbers like Chris Sharma shaking their heads in amazement and awe. Even mountain goats, who appear like ungainly barnyard animals, are in their element on slabby cliffs, dancing up 5.10 moves and making precarious four-footed jumps from hold to hold.

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Happy Mother's Day: Moms Worry About Climbing Fools!

Sun, 11 May 2014 13:36:20 +00002014-05-11T13:36:20Z

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Happy Mother's Day! Yep, it's that special May day to celebrate our moms, those steadfast women who supported us all these years, maybe generously with well-given wads of cash but more importantly by letting us believe in our dreams. Those crazy climbing dreams of hanging off big walls like El Capitan in the Valley, of camping and trudging through snow and ice and glaciers for days and days so a month later we could stand on the shining summit of Denali, or just understanding that we had this compulsion to climb cliffs and boulders and travel across the country to sate our thirst for the vertical.

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Drones Banned in Yosemite National Park & Garden of the Gods

Mon, 05 May 2014 14:11:27 +00002014-05-05T14:11:27Z

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I was on the airy summit of South Gateway Rock in the Garden of the Gods a couple weeks ago enjoying the last light of the day and belaying my partner up the climb. After sitting for a few minutes I became aware of a buzzing and minutes later a pesky drone flew over me and hovered above my partner on the ridge below. If I could have swatted that mechanical mosquito I would have knocked it out of the air.

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Take Your Kids Climbing: Be a Responsible Climbing Parent

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:06:59 +00002014-04-29T14:06:59Z

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As climbers, we want our children to be adventurers in the world, to seek outdoor challenges, and to learn how to move in the world with confidence and safety. Climbing is one way that we can encourage our children to grow as human beings and to take responsibility for their actions. That said, climbing is also a dangerous activity with peril and injury lurking just around the corner.

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Mt. Everest Climbing Season Ending After Sherpa Deaths

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:18:58 +00002014-04-23T14:18:58Z

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It increasingly appears that little climbing will happen this spring on the Nepalese south side of Mount Everest after the avalanche and tragedy ten days ago, which killed 16 Sherpa climbers in the early morning. A week after the tragedy, many of the Sherpa guides, which other climbers rely on to fix the South Col Route and to ferry loads of supplies up Everest, have packed up and are leaving the mountain.

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