Sometimes you need some star power for motivation, and stars don't come much bigger than Paul Robinson. From his humble beginnings in New Jersey, Paul has risen to the top ranks of the bouldering world. His blog is regularly updated as he travels the world sending the hardest lines and always includes amazing shots of him crushing. His blog is not wordy or philosophical, just great shots on the hardest problems all around the world. Check it out here: The New Adventures of Paul Robinson
This week’s blog of the week is a site that will not only motivate you to get better at climbing but give you the ins and outs of how to get better at climbing. Kris “Odub” Hampton’s The Power Company blog provides tons of info on training for bouldering and routes. In his blog posts he provides real world, nuts and bolts training tips and case study feedback on the results of his own training and some of his clients. Though I don’t always agree with Kris’ ideas (particularly his bias against aerobic training), I particularly like how Kris isn’t afraid to discuss the mistakes he and his clients make in their training. Most training books and websites are focused on do this and only this, while Kris’ delves deeply into the fact that no one training program is going to work for everyone. Trial and, unfortunately, error is the way to getting better at the complex sport of climbing. Check this blog out at www.powercompanyclimbing.com
Back in college, I learned to climb from a friend’s girlfriend, Amanda. Amanda led me up routes in Yosemite and Castle Rock, taught me to rappel, and started me down the road to becoming a climber. Little did I know that Amanda was a rarity back then, a woman who climbed for herself and not to just tag along with her boyfriend (Amanda’s boyfriend was a surfer). Since then, women have flocked to climbing and found an amazing sport that challenges you physically and mentally. Despite the large increase in the number of woman climbers, the climbing media has still been mostly run by men.
Fortunately, three local women are making a strong effort to change that with their awesome blog Crux Crush. Their blog is updated regularly with climbing news, gear reviews, and our favorite feature the Girl Crush of the Month where they interview women who are leaders in the climbing world. My daughter has been involved with climbing since she was born, but since turning 13 has just now started to embrace climbing as her own. As a dad and as a climber, I am pleased that Crux Crush is promoting climbing for women and positive role models for her to emulate.
On their site, the Crux Crush ladies stated goal for their blog is: “We want this page to be a place to connect more women to climbing and all that we love about climbing, from the physical to emotional to spiritual to cultural (and in cultural, we also include the fashion, yes the fashion of climbing).” It’s our opinion, that they are “crushing” this goal. Check them out here.
Back in the heyday of neb.com, blogs did not exist. The explosion of blogs, whether they be news sites, pro climbers, or corporate, has provided climbers with insight into many different areas of climbing. Our first "Blog of the Week" reminds us of the old neb.com news page, getting out big sends, comp results, and interesting events.. Climbingnarc.com provides climbers with all the news that they need on a regular basis. Check them out...