Chicks tribute to Holly Mauro

Holly's snow angel, Stony Kill Falls. First snow of the winter, December 2010. Photo by Carolyn Riccardi

It is always hard to hear news of a Chick passing; we become so connected so quickly with the life-long friends and climbing partners met at clinics that it affects all of our alumnae in one way or another when we say goodbye. On Tuesday evening, 32-year-old Chicks alumna Holly Mauro passed away after a week-long hospitalization. She was an East Coast chick that impacted so many of our alumnae’s lives, especially Carolyn Riccardi, who wrote about Holly’s spirit and zest for life and adventure. Thank you for sharing it with us Carolyn, so we can pay tribute to this amazing Chick.

I first met Holly at a wilderness first aid class at the Mohonk Preserve. I told everyone in the room I was new to the area and wanted climbing partners especially for ice. Holly became my first ice partner. An alumna of Chicks with Picks she strongly encouraged me to go to a clinic. I remember Holly telling me about the very cool pink softshell jackets the girly guides had and how much she wanted one. During my weekend at Chicks I was introduced to many of you and also the White Mountains.

Though an accomplished climber, Holly always encouraged me to take the sharp end and go for it. She always wanted to see women succeed and connect with other women climbers. Holly was a firecracker on Wall Street and an accomplished musician. She loved crappy chick flicks and was an exceptional cook. And she loved to climb – especially in Yosemite National Park. Her new home. Holly introduced me to many wonderful people across the U.S. and in Europe. I am lucky to have met you all and call you friends.

Holly at Bridal Veil Falls. Photo by Carolyn Riccardi.

Last time I saw her was on a busy Saturday night at the Brauhaus. She was dining with her mom and trying to get a table. It was during the holidays and I was all grungy from a day of guiding. She asked me how work and life was in the Gunks but the noise and the crowds made it hard to have a real conversation. Holly had a great smile and we hugged before I left.

Holly’s family is holding a memorial in California this weekend. A small gathering of her friends are getting together this saturday night in the Gunks. Details of the NY event are to be announced.

Life is terribly short. I hope you all are well. Please take good care. Sending you love and support.

We will provide an update with the details of the NY event in remembrance of Holly when we get them.

A Life Ascending

The DVD to A Life Ascending was recently released and we want to tell you all about it! The film chronicles the life of acclaimed ski mountaineer and mountain guide Ruedi Beglinger. The film follows his family’s unique life in the mountains and their journey in the years following a massive avalanche that killed seven people. Check out the trailer to the film below along with a letter from director Stephen Grynberg on how he was inspired to make this project.

A Life Ascending [Official Trailer] from Ptarmigan Films on Vimeo.

Six years ago I had the idea of making a documentary about Ruedi Beglinger. I was living in Santa Monica, far from the snow-covered majesty of the Selkirk Mountains where I had first climbed with Ruedi ten years earlier and I was curious. I wanted to know how this renowned mountaineer was coping three years after a tragic avalanche killed a number of his guests.

I am interested in stories about people, about what makes them tick, about how they come to terms with the hurdles in life, and about how they transcend life’s challenges. It was that interest that brought me to Banff to meet with Ruedi and his wife, Nicoline, to talk about making a film. On a long hike we discussed my desire to capture the beauty of a life lived in pristine yet unforgiving mountains and the difficult process of opening one’s life to a camera. I don’t think they knew exactly why they agreed to do it but we trusted each other enough to get started three weeks later.

At that point, I didn’t know Ruedi very well. I had witnessed his incredible drive and his gifts as a mountain man, but I could only sense what lay buried beneath his sun-drenched skin. I wanted to better understand his connection to mountains, his relationship to fear and his dedication to the simple yet physical life that he lived. And I knew that I was also looking for answers to some deep questions I had about my own life.

Mountains have always held a paramount place for me. Growing up in Denver, mountains framed everything. From every rooftop or vantage point, the Rockies called out to be explored. At six, my father carted me up the hills of Winter Park for the first time and pushed me down. That was the start of a life long affair with mountains.

A Life Ascending honors that part of my life, and explores the complexities of that relationship. But to say this film is just about mountains would be missing the heart of it.

My father is a holocaust survivor who lost much of his family in World War II. That legacy was passed silently down to me and as a result, loss is in almost everything I write and create. A Life Ascending is no exception. The exploration of how a family comes to terms with heartbreaking loss was captivating and cathartic for me. That process was also profoundly elevating, as I was able to witness the power and grace of the human spirit as it transcends hardship and grief.

The journey of this film has been incredibly fun, challenging and rewarding and I am grateful to the talented and courageous people who were part of its creation. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy it and that it might just inspire you or touch you in some meaningful way.

“A Life Ascending” is now available on DVD, we highly recommend you check it out!

“Caption that Photo!” contest

It just wouldn’t feel like the holiday season if we at Chicks didn’t have something to give away – and we do thanks to our sponsors at Marmot! The best part is, this contest is a good “old fashioned” one that we are hosting on the Chicks blog, so EVERYONE can enter!

Starting today and running through Dec. 29 we are hosting a “Caption that Photo!” contest for a chance to win a Marmot Zelus 25 pack. But since we had such a hard time even picking a single photo to caption from our 2011 Chicks with Picks clinic albums, Marmot generously agreed to give away THREE Zelus 25 packs (in black!). That’s right, there are THREE chances for you to win so let’s talk about you might go about doing so.

To enter:
(1) You must leave a “caption” in the comment box at the bottom of the post.
(2) The caption should in some way refer to the photo. You can leave as many captions (entries) as you’d like but please do not use any derogatory or demeaning language – let’s keep it classy! (Captions we find to be offensive will be removed by us and the entry will be deemed invalid.)
(3) When you leave your caption please make sure you sign-in to the comment box by leaving your e-mail address so we have a way to contact you in the event you are selected as a winner.

At the end of the contest period on Dec. 29 we will choose one winning caption for each of the three photos. We will announce the winners in a blog post here at Chicks on Dec. 30 and then contact the three winners for their shipping information, which we will pass on to Marmot, who will send the prize directly to you.

Here are the links to the photos we are looking to caption!
Photo No. 1 (Taken at the Chicks with Picks “Complete”)
Photo No. 2 (Taken at the Chicks with Picks “Graduate”)
Photo No. 3 (Taken at the Chicks with Picks “Sampler”)

Remember, the more captions you enter the better your chances are at coming up with the winning caption! If the SAME caption is entered by more than one individual, the winner will be the first entrant in the queue. Any questions? Let us know! Otherwise, let’s get to it! 🙂

“Caption that Photo!” No. 1

Photo No. 1

To enter to win a win a Marmot Zelus 25 pack you must leave a “caption” in the comment box at the bottom of this post. You can leave as many captions as you’d like but please, keep it classy! Make sure you sign-in to the comment box by leaving your e-mail address so we have a way to contact you in the event you are selected as a winner. Check out the complete contest details here.

Have you captioned photo No. 2 or photo No. 3 yet?

Thanks for playing along!

“Caption that Photo!” No. 2

Photo No. 2

To enter to win a win a Marmot Zelus 25 pack you must leave a “caption” in the comment box at the bottom of this post. You can leave as many captions as you’d like but please, keep it classy! Make sure you sign-in to the comment box by leaving your e-mail address so we have a way to contact you in the event you are selected as a winner. Check out the complete contest details here.

Have you captioned photo No. 1 or photo No. 3 yet?

Thanks for playing along!

“Caption that Photo!” No. 3

Photo No. 3

To enter to win a win a Marmot Zelus 25 pack you must leave a “caption” in the comment box at the bottom of this post. You can leave as many captions as you’d like but please, keep it classy! Make sure you sign-in to the comment box by leaving your e-mail address so we have a way to contact you in the event you are selected as a winner. Check out the complete contest details here.

Have you captioned photo No. 1 or photo No. 2 yet?

Thanks for playing along!

Holiday Gossip from your friends at Chicks!

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.

Have you heard about the Chicks HOLIDAY SPECIALS on all of our 2012 Chicks with Picks clinics yet?!?!?! If you want to come out and join us in Ouray in 2012 then find out how to save big by signing up in December! Check out all the details here.

This “Chicks sighting”/trip report is an example of our alumnae going from learning to tie into a rope to becoming self-sufficient climbers taking trips to the Dolomites! Read about Cheryl Wallace & Kate Higgins’ trip to the beautiful mountains of Italy here.

We also posted a blog this week from The Head Chick as she tries to capture with words many of the “intangibles” our Chicks take home after a clinic. Read what some of our alumnae have to say here at the Chicks blog.

Do you hang out on Google+ ??? So do we! Find us here so we can get you in our circle and stay up-to-date on another platform with all the latest and greatest from Chicks.

All of the other articles we linked to this past week through either the Chicks Climbing Twitter account, or on the Chicks Climbing Facebook fan page (and some on both!). We provide this wrap-up because we come across a TON of great resources each week, but understand that not everyone is online all the time, or even on both (or either) of these social media platforms. So you can check here each and every week for the latest and greatest in Chicks Climbing resources.

However, we know WE may have also missed some cool stuff this week, so if there is something of interest we missed that you came across this week please, let us know so we can share with everyone else!

Climbing
– Is Ouray home to America’s hardest mixed climbing area? http://ht.ly/7Pazn
– If you haven’t seen this awesome video of Sasha DiGiulian’s (@sashadigiulian) send of “Pure Imagination” take a few to watch it now: http://ht.ly/7SXIn
– The Sue Nott scholarship for the Michigan Ice Fest is still available for girls 9-17 who want to learn to ice climb: http://ht.ly/7TqFH
– GREAT interview with climbing legend Jeff Lowe is up at The GearCaster (@TheGearcaster):  http://ht.ly/7P9SQ
– Vertical Girl athlete Tara Reynvaan kills ‘Kings of Rap’ 5.12d at Smith Rock! Sick! http://fb.me/1r2FLBF9N
– Wise words on taking a rest period from climbing to stave off injury from Erica (@cragmama): http://ht.ly/7T711
– Good read from Climbing Magazine (@ClimbingMag) which interviewed Yosemite’s SAR staff on some big-wall accidents from the past 10 years: http://ht.ly/7Ps1E
– Great lesson on the different “quick” belay techniques from AAI (@AlpineInstitute):  http://ht.ly/7Qy3N
– New interview with Girly Guide Caroline George on Ice Climbing: http://ht.ly/7RIIx
– Fun interview with Will Gadd – see what he’s been up to (including dry tooling as a stunt double for a new Jason Bourne flick!) http://ht.ly/7UEJu
– Kelly Cordes talks about the magic of Hyalite Canyon ice climbing: http://ht.ly/7UCoZ
– Anyone can climb. Be inspired. http://ht.ly/7PrJ3
– Has increasing access to technology in remote locations affected your climbing experience?  http://ht.ly/7UCTK
– Great video of Mt. Gretna bouldering! http://fb.me/zv3T5zq7
– Awesome holiday gift guide for climbers courtesy of Splitter Choss (@splitterchoss): http://ht.ly/7T7vC
– Looking for a gift? How about giving the Gift of Membership to The American Alpine Club to your favorite climber? http://owl.li/7Ln1C

News
– The Head Chick gets some press at the Bozeman Ice Fest this past weekend! http://ht.ly/7WA8q
Climbing legend Lynn Hill post new Facebook page http://ht.ly/7UEPp

Gear
– The Lowdown on Down: An update from Patagonia on its down sourcing: http://ht.ly/7QsAk
– The Columbia (@Columbia1938) Cliff Grabber Glove was a win for Katie Levy (@k8tlevy) – check it out: http://ht.ly/7SYXD
– Why a windshirt rocks: http://ht.ly/7UEvL

Inspiration
– You have to be willing to not be graceful doing something to one day become graceful.  http://ht.ly/7T83L
– A great reminder from Tali (@cupcakemafia) in her latest blog titled “It Could Be You”:  ht.ly/7UEjf
– Friday Five – Inspiration from Splitter Choss: http://ht.ly/7UETJ
– Jenn Fields’ most recent “Field Notes” is about one Marmot (@marmotpro) climber’s adventures in philanthropy: http://ht.ly/7P8qi
– Here’s a picture of Colette McInerney, Red River Gorge, Kentucky. Shot by Keith Ladzinski http://ow.ly/i/mOzD

Trip Reports
– Trip report from Jeline (@ClimbOnSister) who made her way to Hueco Tanks for some bouldering: http://ht.ly/7QOwY

Fun Stuff
– Check out Steph Davis’ (@highsteph) rad dog Cajun – she’s a little canine climbing machine! http://ht.ly/7SVBn
– Brendan (@semi_rad) wants to know if it is OK if I call you Dude? ht.ly/7T7IA
– Funny! “The cat often does a much better job filing my picks than I do!” http://pic.twitter.com/Qla5rIW2

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!

This week’s Gossip Report is brought to you by our sponsors at Columbia Sportswear!

Hot deals & hot gossip; we’re cranking up the heat this December!

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. Last week we announced a Chicks HOLIDAY SPECIAL on all of our 2012 Chicks with Picks clinics. If you want to find out how to save big, check out all the details here. Don’t delay, this offer is ONLY good for Chicks that sign up in December!

Do you hang out on Google+ ??? So do we! Find us here so we can get you in our circle and stay up-to-date on another platform with all the latest and greatest from Chicks.

On the Chicks blog last week we posted a trip report from Girly Guide Dannika Gilbert who climbed the Direct North Face route of 12,579 peak just outside of Silverton, Colo. while sporting some new gear she was testing for our sponsors at Columbia Sportswear. Find out how it felt for Dannika to get back on the ice AND how her Columbia gear made out in the full report here.

We also posted a new blog from Nicky Messner who is getting ready to head out to Aconcagua in just TWO weeks and has been spending a lot of time getting prepared mentally and physically. See what her tips are for the next time you get ready for a climbing expedition, and learn more about her upcoming June expedition to climb Kilimanjaro (which you can join her on) here.

All of the other articles we linked to this past week through either the Chicks Climbing Twitter account, or on the Chicks Climbing Facebook fan page (and some on both!). We provide this wrap-up because we come across a TON of great resources each week, but understand that not everyone is online all the time, or even on both (or either) of these social media platforms. So you can check here each and every week for the latest and greatest in Chicks Climbing resources.

However, we know WE may have also missed some cool stuff this week, so if there is something of interest we missed that you came across this week please, let us know so we can share with everyone else!

Climbing
– Want in on the 2012 Ouray Ice Festival Comp.? Applications are due Dec. 15: http://ht.ly/7OTuw
– Great resource from http://CascadeClimbers.com on all the in’s and out’s of ice climbing gear: http://ht.ly/7HHoR
– Awesome blog post from Emily Harrington on her time climbing at the Red this fall:  http://emilyaharrington.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/kentucky/
– Ice in the San Juan’s is still a bit wild, but definitely shaping up! http://ht.ly/7Hlgo
– An Accident and a Self-Rescue: http://tinyurl.com/83goueh
– A neat knot to know. http://ht.ly/7IxzQ
– Ever got stuck at a plateau? Elizabeth tells us how she did, and what got her to bust on through it! .http://bit.ly/vJj0G7
– Have you considered climbing with an 80m rope? @splitterchoss did with the Sterling Rope Nano & shares why it’s awesome: http://ht.ly/7N0Le
– Join or Renew your AAC Membership and you could win $1000 in gear!  http://owl.li/7Kqal Ends Dec. 31.
– Want to give your climbing buddy a gift this holiday season? Here are some ideas from Gif (@rockclimberlife):  http://ht.ly/7LenT

News
– Minnesota climber Lonnie Dupre to try again for a winter ascent of Denali http://bit.ly/rRQln3
– This week’s climbing, skiing, and outdoor news from AAI (@AlpineInstitute) http://ht.ly/7LHj6

Gear
– Review of the Petzl (@Petzl)  Lynx crampons now up on Cold Thistle: http://ht.ly/7HGXx
– Check out what Katie (@k8tlevy) thought of the Columbia Sportswear (@Columbia1938) baselayer midweight striped tight: http://ht.ly/7Hmk7
– Stay warm in a fleece jumpsuit this winter http://bit.ly/sVH1mi
– Have long arms? Then the Mountain Hardwear Butter Zippity may just be for you. Check out what Jill (@Geargals) has to say: http://ht.ly/7LHXX
– New post on Paukku’s Life Annotations: Why I Buy? The Shiny and the Solid  http://ow.ly/7LmCQ
– Jill (@Geargals) was impressed with the breathability of the Mountain Hardwear Drystein (Dry-Q) jacket. Full review: http://ht.ly/7OTTs

Inspiration
– Good stuff about teaching your children to dream big: http://ow.ly/7HKKC
– Top 5 regrets of the dying. Powerful stuff: http://beyondtheopposites.com/?p=94
– Inspired by Patagonia’s “Don’t Buy This Jacket” ad Brendan (@semi_rad) reminds us of other things we can do without http://ht.ly/7Lfhp

Training & Nutrition
– Interesting article on strength training for rock climbing – part 1 in a 2-part series: http://ht.ly/7IwL2
– Why Yoga for Rock Climbers? http://ht.ly/7LbD5
– Training tips for 19-year-old Megan from Steph Davis (@highsteph) that may help you out, too!  http://ht.ly/7N1GK

Trip Reports
– Majka Burhardt & Sarah Garlick recount their expedition to Mozambique: http://ht.ly/7IVzA
– Erica (@cragmama) had some FUN climbing the slab at Stone Mountain last weekend!  http://ht.ly/7JXYv
– Another Amazing Trip Report – Half Dome With My Daughter: http://ht.ly/7LIwT

Fun Stuff
–  Climbing fail. Anyone in the mood for Doritos? http://ht.ly/7Hmwu
– More bad belays: (“Hold on, we’re almost out of beer!”): http://ow.ly/7HuV2
– Best Christmas ornament ever??  http://instagr.am/p/WbQbj/
–  “The mountaineering look is actually quite a practical one.” http://nyti.ms/uSm7qh
– Nothing says “Christmas Spirit” like old rope tinsel! http://fb.me/SqDtl7bk
– Giveaway from the Climbing Narc: Win A 2011 Access Fund Holiday Pack http://ht.ly/7OTlw

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!

This week’s Gossip Report is brought to you by our sponsors at Columbia Sportswear!

Chicks with Picks holiday specials!

We want to help make your Christmas extra special and give you something really fun to look forward to in the New Year, so we are offering TWO limited-time discounts on ALL of our Chicks with Picks 2012 clinics!

1) Partner Deal – sign up with a friend before New Year’s and you will each get a $100 discount off any clinic (double occupancy). When you register let us know who your buddy is and we will send both of you a refund in the mail. You must each pay the Full Amount (put a #2 in the credit card box) upon registration.

2) Solo Deal – this one’s for those of you coming out on your own! If you register before New Year’s, you will get $75 off any clinic. You must pay the full amount (put a #2 in the credit card box) upon registration.

Hurry, the Chicks Holiday discounts are only good for the month of December!

See our complete list of 2012 Chicks with Picks clinics here!

Have questions? Need more info? Send us an e-mail at info@civi-chicks.biz

We hope to see you in Ouray! 🙂

Post-turkey Gossip!

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. As we approach the crushing madness that is the holiday season, remember that the gift of a Chicks clinic is definitely one that will continue to give for years to come! So think about signing up your sister, mom, aunt, cousin, girlfriend – whoever it is that’s special to you – for a life-changing experience at Chicks with Picks!

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend with friends and family. We are excited for a couple of new posts we’ve got ready for the Chicks blog this week including a trip report from Chicks Girly Guide Dannika Gilbert who’s been getting on some early season ice in the Ouray area along with a Chicks sighting to report as well! So stay tuned 🙂

All of the other articles we linked to this past week through either the Chicks Climbing Twitter account, or on the Chicks Climbing Facebook fan page (and some on both!). We provide this wrap-up because we come across a TON of great resources each week, but understand that not everyone is online all the time, or even on both (or either) of these social media platforms. So you can check here each and every week for the latest and greatest in Chicks Climbing resources.

However, we know WE may have also missed some cool stuff this week, so if there is something of interest we missed that you came across this week please, let us know so we can share with everyone else!

Climbing
– Tips for (& good reasons to) make the switch to leashless climbing of the ice and mixed variety:  http://bit.ly/uZycf2
– Emily Harrington & the figure four: http://bit.ly/smcDWD
– See powerful video of ice climbing accident & self-rescue, along with thoughtful analysis from Will Gadd:  http://ht.ly/7H7cg
– Some good tips for proper gear to wear when rock climbing during this shoulder season to stay warm! http://bit.ly/uVPLch
– Sarah (@cdnrockiesgirl) shares what it’s like to be a first-time route setter at the climbing gym:  http://ht.ly/7FbjT
– Our friend Paul-Baptiste Baca (@paukku) was recently given a kickass birthday gift, which he named Koskenkorva Martini (5.10a)  http://bit.ly/rDNRFm
– Q&A with badass climber Chick Angie Payne: http://bit.ly/suj328
– Check out the latest, most updated clinic schedule for Ice Fest 2012!! http://www.scribd.com/doc/73364789/2012-Clinic-Template-V4-2
– Congrats to Sonnie Trotter for the only 2nd ascent of The Prophet (5.13d R) on El Cap. http://bit.ly/uXfjbd
– Ready to climb out of fall into winter? Check out a preview of upcoming 2011-2012 ice festivals: http://bit.ly/tWyrMx
– Nice profile on @SterlingRope climber Leslie Timms: http://bit.ly/vOf8xs
– Whoa! 5.15 in the Red? http://bit.ly/sZxuQ4
– The Smiley’s have 8 climbs planned for 2012 as they continue their 50 Classics ticklist – but they need your help: http://vimeo.com/32425674
– Tommy Caldwell steps away from the Dawn Wall project…until next year:  http://bit.ly/tMztTc
– Jenn Flemming’s “Fraid Line” 5.13R with a PINK Sterling Rope (@SterlingRope) Nano 9.2: http://bit.ly/ugL48m
– Big City Mountaineers (@bigcitymtneers) just announced a Mount Shasta all-women’s climb! bit.ly/rOKfMT
– Check out the French Alpine club excellence team climbing free on some serious big walls in Yosemite http://ow.ly/7EWmC

Gear
– The Petzl (@Petzl) Lynx Crampons are on this Chick’s wish list! See what else is on The Gear Caster’s (@thegearcaster) gift guide for climbers: http://bit.ly/u4VtRW
– Chicks gear tester Sara B. liked this piece from our sponsors at Columbia Sportswear (@Columbia1938) so much that she wore it 3 days in a row in Zion: http://bit.ly/tQYQLP
– Staying connected is critical for Krysia (@ventrsomekrysia) who reviews The North Face (@thenorthface) eTip gloves: http://bit.ly/sWyLmh

Inspiration
– You can’t help but smile watching these young Chicks crushing! http://ht.ly/7H7HR

Training & Nutrition
– Art or food? Or both?? Paul-Baptiste Baca’s (@Paukku) Holiday Harvest Loaf http://bit.ly/uZwoHT
– Great tips from Elizabeth (@eliz_rocks) on staying healthy mentally & physically when schedules get crazy (i.e. the holidays?!) http://bit.ly/uKyrXQ
– Rock climbing one of the Top 5 Sports for a full body workout http://ow.ly/7ByFb 

Trip Reports
– New trip report from Erica (@cragmama) who also demonstrates an awesome SEND at Dixon: http://bit.ly/vuz8sp

Fun Stuff
– Citibank commercial featuring Katie Brown & Alex Honnold! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE4bcq8Plzk

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!

This week’s Gossip Report is brought to you by our sponsors at Columbia Sportswear!