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Summertime and the climbing is fine!

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 drew the winners of our Chicks Ambassador Poster Plaster! Katie from Pennsylvania took home the Osprey Hornet 24 daypack, New York’s Margaret scored the pair of Julbo Guide Glasses, and Paula from Missouri will never be lost in the dark again thanks to her new Princeton Tec Fuel headlamp! Thanks a million to all of the awesome Chicks ambassadors that helped out with the poster plaster giveaway; it was so fun to see posters popping up across the country. Check out the full wrap-up of the event here.

Also last week our monthly newsletter came out – check out all that is new and exciting in the world of Chicks here!

Finally, we posted a great recipe for happiness concocted by our own Head Chick (who is also a certified life coach)! Check out her wise words of advice 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 here on the blog.

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
– Chicks alumna Vera sends Lobster Claw at Hueco Tanks! Check out the video here:  http://bit.ly/mkQ8R8
– Great blog by Girly Guide Mattie Sheafor up at Pemba Serves (@pembaserves) on how she learned to climb at Devil’s Lake: http://bit.ly/lB6I4H (P.S. You can too in our upcoming Chicks Rock! clinic July 29-Aug. 1!)
– Nice article on Emilie Drinkwater – the lynchpin of our Aug. 19-21 Daks weekend climbing clinic – up at Alpine Athena written by Chick Dara Miles (@daramiles): http://ht.ly/57RLv
– A really lovely article remembering the spark and spunk of climber Karen McNeill written by Girly Guide Margo Talbot (@margotalbot): http://ht.ly/57QFq
– Great report of lessons learned from Lizzy & Luke (@lizzy_t@lstefurak) bailing on an El Cap route last weekend in epic weather http://ht.ly/57MOC
– Great climbing partners aren’t always easy to find; Brendan (@semi_rad) talks about “The Friend You Want Along On Every Climb”: http://ow.ly/58C1O
– Great new blog up at ClimbFind (@climbfind): “Becoming Wily: A Story About Expectations And Failure”: http://t.co/BFZczXV
– Nonprofit set up to honor Chloe Graftiaux with purpose to give small “nudges” to other aspiring climbers http://ht.ly/58P9v
– Climbing mom Erica (@cragmama) has some great advice on choosing a crag when you have little ones tagging along: http://ht.ly/5aUyv

News
– Climbers boost Arizona’s economy: http://bit.ly/k3d1kX
– This week’s outdoor and climbing news from AAI (@alpineinstitute)! http://tinyurl.com/3ne3rx8
– Congrats to Alex Puccio., Angie Payne, and Alex Johnson for your showing at the 2011 IFSC World Cup Bouldering Final! http://ht.ly/5aTbu

Gear
– Ever wondered how you can be sure your gear is safe? Check out these UIAA Gear Testing Videos posted by the American Alpine Institute: http://tinyurl.com/3nuwwqs
– Erica (@Cragmama) has ended searching for an approach shoe after falling in love with this pair from The North Face: http://ht.ly/578Jm
– Gear review by Katie Levy (@k8tlevy) of the Black Diamond GridLock carabiner, made to prevent cross loading:  http://bit.ly/jm7m92

Fun Stuff
– Maybe you need to start dressing up a bit when you climb??? America’s Next Top Model – Rock Climbing Photoshoot (HILARIOUS!) http://ow.ly/59npw

Inspiration
– She’s almost done (hopefully!) recovering from a broken foot – see what Whitney (@whitneyio) has learned while injured: http://ht.ly/578Hd
– “Make conscious choices that will lead us to our own personal fulfillment” – lovely, short blog from Girlly Guide Margo Talbot (@margotalbot) http://ht.ly/57Lq4
– Michaela, a Vertical Girl (@verticalgirl) climber gets to work with the *next* generation of climbers on a weekly basis: http://ht.ly/58Na4

Trip Reports
– Erica (@cragmama) goes bouldering in Grayson Highlands, VA and reports back on the trip: http://bit.ly/lcjqCV
– Review of the Super Topo (@SuperTopo) Yosemite Sport Climbs & Top Ropes guide book: http://bit.ly/iu6aRV

Giveaways
– Do you know a guy who wears a size L climbing harness? Check out Amy (@TheGearcaster)’s giveaway of an Arc’teryx R320: http://bit.ly/j1hJHy

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!

Poster Plaster winners & a big thanks to all the Chicks Ambassadors!

One of our winning Chicks Ambassador posters, plastered by Margaret Gorman in the Brooklyn Boulders

Jill, our Head Office Chick, has been packing and shipping out Chicks Rock! summer 2011 posters for our several dozen new Chicks Ambassadors across the country for the past two months.

In that time, our wonderful volunteer ambassadors have plastered the posters in climbing gyms, coffee and gear shops across the states helping us get more exposure than ever before!

We want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all who took part in the poster plaster to help us spread the word about our summer rock clinics.

As we detailed at the start of the poster plaster, three lucky winners will be rewarded for their efforts as Chicks Ambassadors with prizes from some of our sponsors. Among the giveaways are one Osprey Hornet 24 daypack, a pair of Julbo Guide Glasses, and a Princeton Tec Fuel headlamp!

AND, we are excited to announce that the winners of the Chicks Ambassador Poster Plaster giveaway (who were randomly drawn) are: Katie Levy in Pennsylvania, Margaret Gorman in New York, and Paula  Gillispie in Missouri!

Katie is the winner of the Osprey Hornet 24 daypack, Margaret the Julbo Guide Glasses, and Paula the Princeton Tec Fuel headlamp! We will be shipping out the prizes to the same address we sent the posters, so make sure to check the mail for your prizes!

Thank you again to everyone that helped get Chicks posters up in more than half the states! We’re psyched to know there are now Chicks Ambassador posters up in the following states:
– Arizona
– California
– Colorado
– Florida
– Georgia
– Indiana
– Kentucky
– Maryland
– Massachusetts
– Michigan
– Missouri
– Nebraska
– New Hampshire
– New Jersey
– New Mexico
– New York
– North Carolina
– North Dakota
– Ohio
– Oregon
– Pennsylvania
– South Dakota
– Tennessee
– Texas
– Washington
– Wyoming

And maybe more?! If you’ve seen a Chicks poster up in a state not listed, please leave us a comment so we can add to the list! 🙂