Contest, savings & a quick catch up on 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. 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 and hurry, there are just a few DAYS left to take advantage of these special offers!

This week we will be wrapping up our “Caption that Photo!” contest and awarding three entrants with some Zelus 25 packs from our sponsors at Marmot. Here are the complete instructions for how to enter, and here are the links for the photos we are looking for you to caption in order to win!
Photo No. 1
Photo No. 2
Photo No. 3

You can leave as many “entries” aka captions as you’d like! So get creative and have fun! It’s going to really be tough to pick the winners 🙂

Last week we posted a new blog from the Head Chick on conscious communication – a perfect read for the holiday season when many are spending time with friends and family they don’t see on a regular basis. There are lots of great tips here, so check it out!

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
– More details from the Alpinist of the Russian/Ukranian all-women trio that put up a new route on Great Trango: http://ht.ly/8anUj
– Raphael Slawinski & two partners put up a new route on the Upper Weeping Wall: http://ht.ly/84nVh
– 2012 Ice Climbing Season Tips & Info from PETZL http://ht.ly/889or
– A report from Black Diamond (@blackdiamondusa) athlete Alex Honnold on Poland’s indoor climbing scene: http://bit.ly/rCXQDi
– New photo on Super Topo (@supertopo) from the rare ice climbing this season in Tuolumne Meadows  http://ht.ly/87HlN
– Nice little Q&A with Chicks Girly Guide Emilie Drinkwater: http://ht.ly/8b8sU
– Wow, after her self-imposed 4 week rest period, Erica (@cragmama) goes out and redpoints her first 5.12a! http://ht.ly/8ao68
– Boulder kids boulder like crazy in Hueco: http://ht.ly/86uqA
– Great post on Adventure Inspired (@advinspired) about the organizations that strengthen & support the climbing community: http://ht.ly/87OXf

News
An excellent roundup of this week’s climbing, skiing and outdoor news from AAI (@AlpineInstitutehttp://ht.ly/889EU
– Wow, 15-year-old Jordan Romero has officially conquered the 7 Summits with a Christmas Eve ascent of Vinson: http://ht.ly/8b8Ju

Gear
– From the Black Diamond QC labs – do ropes need to rest between falls? http://bit.ly/s8i4Dr
– The Fox River Socks (@foxriversox) arrived for our CWP ladies! Did you know they are made in Iowa (& inspired the original sock monkey)? http://ht.ly/84ttw
– Why do Ropes Cost so Much? http://rockandice.com/news/1744-gear-guy-why-do-ropes-cost-so-much

Training & Nutrition
– Some strength training exercises specific to rock climbing: http://ht.ly/85jwC – do you strength train?
– Ever found yourself in a “forced rest” period? Jenn Fields (@jennfields) knows all about it:  http://ht.ly/84nYF

Inspiration
– Great recap by Amy of @expandoutdoors of her 364 day adVANture up at the Prana blog:  http://ht.ly/84awD
– No Matter the Weather, Getting Active Outside is Always Worth It: http://ht.ly/84aKj

Trip Reports
– Really love this post from Caroline George as a (hoped for) epic trip turns out not to be so much:  http://ht.ly/84abZ

Holiday Fun Stuff
– Brendan of @semi_rad goes out on a very special Christmas climb: ow.ly/87Q8W
– Rock & Ice (@rockandice) TNB: And on this most merry Spraymas, my partner gave to me…  fb.me/1le8VtXdK
– Santa Claus Climbing Fail (Merry Christmas!) http://ht.ly/86Lt4
– This girl is on fire! Sasha DiGiulian (@sashadigiulian) makes her third magazine cover in December!  http://fb.me/xkqGyHHc

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!

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