Still high from the ‘crack’ at Indian Creek!

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. Since we were (blissfully) unaware of any real-life happenings while getting high on the cracks in the Creek, the gossip report is a bit smaller and slightly more dated this week with news over the course of the past two weeks. You know we are getting right back on track for you now, though!

Last week, we announced two ways to save for our NEXT Chicks Rock! clinic, which is in Devil’s Lake, Wisc. July 27-30. If you sign up by May 31 as an individual, you can save $75 on the cost of the clinic. If you sign up by May 31 with a buddy, you will EACH save $100 on the cost of the clinic. If you can’t commit until June that’s no problem – you can sign up with a buddy by June 30 and still save $50 on the cost of the clinic. Check out all the details in our blog post here.

While we were gone we announced our official partnership with Ashenzi, a manufacturer of climbing apparel for women, which you can buy through Chicks for a special savings! Check out all the details of our new affiliate program here.

Have you checked out our “Chicks Chat” section of the website yet? It’s a new discussion forum we have set up and we want you to get in on it!

Also, don’t forget to check us out on Pinterest, where we are archiving many of the cool articles we link to. But be warned, it’s a total time suck! If you are on it too, hit us up with your link so we can follow all of our fellow climber Chicks! You can find us here: http://pinterest.com/chicksclimbing/

Did we miss any cool stuff this week? It’s highly likely considering we were off-line for a good 7+ days! 😉  Let us know if you’ve got a link to some climbing-related goodies so we can share with everyone else!

Climbing
– The talented (and jet-lagged) Sasha DiGiulian (@SashaDigiulian) sends the 5.14d “Era Bella” in Spain: http://bit.ly/I1mYMQ
– In her own words, Sasha DiGiulian on her Era Bella 9a send: http://www.sasha-digiulian.com/blog
– Cool primer from Mark Synnott for those looking to get started in big-wall climbing  http://bit.ly/JvgoTL
– Two months of bouldering at Bishop in less than 9 minutes. Check out Regan Kennedy & Josh Muller of Outdoor Research (@ORGEAR):  http://bit.ly/JD38es
–  Great coverage of Sterling team member Silvia Vidal’s Solo Epic Patagonia big-wall climb  http://bit.ly/IBL95t
–  Highlights from sport climbing comp won by Sasha DiGiulian & Alex “Socks” Johnson http://fb.me/1yqeWkvJi
– Slovenian crusher Mina Markovic wins the world cup at home in Log-Dragomer. News, video, pics, etc.:
http://spotsettingblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/log-dragomer-slovenia-bouldering-world-cup-finals-coverage-wrap-up/
– BD athlete Kyle Dempster reports on his ice climbing trip to the Canadian Rockies in a warmer-than-normal year: http://bit.ly/JQsXrI
– Stay alive while climbing: good list of reminders http://bit.ly/Il899H
– Great Rock & Ice (@RockandIce) TNB on “Scar Wars” http://bit.ly/IPQhSB  What climbing scars do you have?
– Last year I attended the AAC (@americanalpine) International Climbers’ Meet at Yosemite last year & highly recommend it! Applications due July 1: http://bit.ly/I6vtqQ
– Hey, Chicks Girly Guide Jen Olson is working a really neat under-25 climbing camp in Canmore this July for MEC with Sonnie Trotter: http://bit.ly/IpYte4
– What’s your feeling on getting spray beta while climbing? New from Splitter Choss (@splitterchoss): http://bit.ly/I7yp9I
– Since fall climbing plans are starting to be made, Eileen has put up the JTree Tweetup 4 wiki page! http://bit.ly/I4qs03

News
– Extremely dangerous conditions on Everest prompt Russell Brice to pull plug on commercial expedition: http://ht.ly/aKiOn

Training & Nutrition
– Climbing training tip No. 5 from Alli Rainey: Getting Stronger by Resting Enough http://allirainey.com/home/2012/04/24/training-talk-5-getting-stronger-by-resting-enough-2/
– New podcast from Gif of Rock Climber Life on why you should cross train for climbing: http://bit.ly/Io1Jqc

Trip Reports
– Great trip report from Sarah (@cdnrockiesgirl) on her recent trip out to Red Rock!  http://bit.ly/IRHT5b
– Climbers with kiddos, some tips from @climbwithkids: Climbing in Red Rock Canyon, Best Crags for Kids  http://www.climbwithkids.com/?p=285
– Have you had a trip like this? The Darker Side of an Expedition http://bit.ly/IIoAMh

Inspiration
– Erica (@Cragmama) shares her biggest lessons learned from breaking her talus bone: http://bit.ly/K3TCwX
– We look forward to what else Tali of @cupcakemafia will be doing now as she says goodbye in her final post at Cupcake Mafia: http://ow.ly/aw890

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!