Friends, family & a little holiday 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 couple of weeks left to take advantage of these special offers!

Last week we kicked off our “Caption that Photo!” contest with three prizes to give away 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 a Zelus 25 pack from Marmot!
Photo No. 1
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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 had a MAJOR Chicks sighting at the Bozeman Ice Fest – check out this picture in which there were FOURTEEN Chicks alone! If you have a Chicks sighting this winter (and I expect there will be a LOT!) please send it in to us!

Last week at Chicks we also posted a new blog from Lauren, the Climbing Chef, for some out of this world delicious homemade peppermint marshmallows. Check it out here!

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
– Three kickass women climb the Great Trango Tower NW Wall: http://russianclimb.com/trango_girls.html
– Awesome list of the Rock and Ice (@Rockandice) Top 10 Ascents of 2011: http://ht.ly/80Yiz
– Steph Davis advises on tiny cams and whippers: http://ht.ly/7Zq9c
– Some burly climbing on this new “Man Yoga” route in the Canadian Rockies:  http://ht.ly/80wlP …methinks Jen Olson would LOVE to send it!
– Some cool Chicks bouldering on the 2nd half of this video from @verticalgirlhttp://ht.ly/7Y02X
– Here are some Chicks we will be following – Las Escalitas who are getting ready to climb in Ecuador http://ht.ly/80PBk
– Sweet route report of Cody, WY’s WI5 “Broken Hearts” from Black Diamond employee Chris Thomas: http://ht.ly/80OC4
– How sweet does this Yosemite ice climbing look? http://ht.ly/83WlD
– This kid is AMAZING! Video of 10 year old Tito Traversa climbing “criptonite”, (8a=5.13d)!  http://ht.ly/7ZevU
– Willingness to fail, desire to learn from mistakes, improve weaknesses, stay positive & be persistent http://ht.ly/7Y0Gh
– Our thoughts go out to Bonnie Prudden, a Gunks Legend. http://fb.me/1yt9OSy1M
– Looking for a gift? How about giving the Gift of Membership to The AAC to your favorite climber? http://ht.ly/7YsMr
– Harvard Cabin: Sheltering Climbers for 80 Years: http://www.climberism.com/harvard-cabin-sheltering-climbers-for-80-years/
– Sasha DiGiulian makes the cover of Rock & Snow: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1399776&l=89dd5db240&id=220938741250230

News
Another great recap of this week’s climb and outdoor news from AAI (@AlpineInstitute): http://ht.ly/80Obs
–  Russian team to try first-ever winter climb of K2: http://ht.ly/83VTO

Gear
– New Review at Cupcake Mafia (@cupcakemafia): Timberland’s Canard Pull-On Boot!  http://ht.ly/7WSIX
– Gif of @rockclimberlife reviews & gives training suggestions for Metolius Rock Rings:  http://ht.ly/7WTie
– Luke from @DreamInVertical reviews some haul bags & shows how they aren’t just for multi-day big wall climbing: http://ht.ly/7ZgMl
– Gear review of the Sterling Rope (@SterlingRope) Evolution Velocity Athena 9.8mm rope from Alpine Athena (@alpineathena):  http://ht.ly/7Zh5f
– Two winter ice climbing essentials that Emilie Drinkwater has from Outdoor Research (@ORGEAR):  http://ht.ly/80MzQ
– Gif of @rockclimberlife reviews & demos the Black Diamond Gridlock carabiner http://ht.ly/81EdU
– Shelby shares her sweet gear review of the Petzl (@Petzl) Lynx crampons: http://yearoflivingvertically.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/petzl-lynx-the-crampons-that-go-with-everything/
– Katie Levy (@k8tlevy) reviews the Columbia Sportswear (@Columbia1938) Women’s Zenith Vista Trench: ht.ly/826va

Training & Nutrition
– Badass Girly Guide Mattie Sheafor trains hard for ice climbing season with Mountain Athlete – http://bit.ly/t4HZdy
– The single best thing you can do for your health: http://youtu.be/aUaInS6HIGo
– Check out Paul-Baptiste’s (@paukku) latest mouth-watering recipe for gingerbread waffles: http://ht.ly/7X767
– Good training improvisations & tips by Alli Rainey (@allirainey) to make sure you don’t stall over the holidays: http://ht.ly/83VzO

Inspiration
– From the archives at Sports Illustrated a great article on the “indefatigable” Kitty Calhoun:  http://ht.ly/80NIG
– Great new blog from Sarah Hueniken on the surge of motivation for ice climbing she got in Bozeman: http://ht.ly/81RbB

Trip Reports
– AWESOME trip report from the Bozeman Ice Festival by Amy (@TheGearcaster): http://ht.ly/7XTIn
– Trip report from Sasha DiGiulian (@sashadigiulian) on climbing & ambassadorship in SoCal!  http://ht.ly/7Zm0u
– Beautiful photos from Alli Rainey’s fall climbing in the Red: http://ht.ly/81Az5

Fun Stuff
Hilarious! Nicky shows us her best expedition bon voyage gift ever: http://ht.ly/80uhJ
– Do you know any of these climbing gym characters? http://ht.ly/83WUa 

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!

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