Monthly Archives: April 2016

A Poem from Charles Marks

The other day I got the kind of email I just love. This complete stranger, Charles Marks, was telling me how much he enjoyed Alix Morris’s recent post, LEAD BY EXAMPLE: AN OP-ED ON WOMEN’S CLIMBING. He also shared with me a poem that he wrote, which he thought I might enjoy. How cool, right?! I put a ton of

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Falling Short: What’s Wrong With the Climbing Media (Is You)

I just finished reading the 2016 edition of Ascent, published by Rock & Ice. To say that I am disappointed would be to imply that my expectations were higher than they had any cause to be. Much of the photography was stunning, artistic, masterful, but commercial and deeply and subtly misogynistic. Much of the writing was catchy and readable, hook-filled

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What Is Fringe’s Folly?

  It took me a while to figure out what Fringe’s Folly was. At first, it was just a notion. Fringe’s Folly (n): the inherent foolishness of writing to, and for, the outer edges of a community. The Fringe is, by definition, less populous, and as such, less marketable than the thickening mainstream center. See also: “career suicide”. After years and years of writing, I had

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The Case for the Creek

  Truth be told, I don’t really care for splitters. Sure, as an artist and a philosopher I admire them for their elegant simplicity. They are the essence of “the line”. Black snakes sinewing up red cliffs. Splitters are singular. Focused. Pure. But they inspire only fear within me, inscribe terror upon my meek climbing soul. They rip and shred my

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