Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Georgie Abel and Andrew Bisharat Debate

A lot of people have been catching snippets of a debate/disagreement between notable climbing writers Georgie Abel (GA), and Andrew Bisharat (AB), around and about the subject of women in climbing. For years, that subject has manifested regularly in open accusations that the climbing media, if not the community at large, is steeped in latent sexism, and guilty of objectifying women. There

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Don’t Be THERE, Be HERE.

What can I say about the Eastern Shore of Maryland from a climbing perspective? Well, suggesting that it’s not exactly an ideal location would be putting it gently. ‘Sucks,’ is more the word that comes to mind. The nearest gym is an hour and change away, and charges $22 a pop. The nearest crag is 2 hours drive, and features mostly 5.0-5.10

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Climb for Joy.

Because what other reason is there? The other day I went climbing with my girlfriend’s 14 year old sister. She laughed at how her forearms felt at the end of the day – like a couple of useless two by fours. It brought me back to my own beginnings in a climbing gym in Northern Virginia, 15 years ago. I’d

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Sexism in Climbing. I’m Going There.

Here’s why.   Sierra Blair-Coyle (SBC) is a professional rock climber who pushes the line between Sports Illustrated, and Sports Illustrated – Swimsuit Issue. This has a lot of male and female climbers’ undergarments in a bunch (I may be one of them). Many people have commented upon this subject. Evening Sends did a piece, Mick Ryan did a 4-part series called Climb

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