/ Best Climbing Blogs to subscribe to?

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Jay Oram on 03 Jul 2017
Sitting in the office and reading Andy K's blog, are there any other awe-inspiring climbing blogs to go and check out?

Preferably loads of cool photos, but I also love to read about gear, so any full of reviews and kit talk...

Plug your own blog as well - would be cool to see what other UKC users are up to!

Jay
stp - on 03 Jul 2017
In reply to Jay Oram:
It's a good question and the lack of responses is perhaps telling.

It seems to me that a lot of climbers these days use Instagram. God knows why coz the site is dire in almost every regard: no volume control on videos, low image resolution, non existent navigation and your not even allowed to post links which is an unpleasant way of manipulating people to stay on the site. But like or loathe it, and I definitely loathe it, that's where a lot of climbers seem to post stuff to these days.

The Project Magazine is more or less a blog and has some interesting stuff and good photos: http://www.increasingthecalibre.com

Again not really a blog but it is the work of one man, OnBouldering.com is pretty good and regularly updated.
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Mike-W-99 on 03 Jul 2017
In reply to Jay Oram:

Nick Bullock doesn't post much but what he does post is worth a read. http://nickbullock-climber.co.uk/
Emilio Bachini - on 03 Jul 2017
In reply to Jay Oram:

Evening Sends, look it up.
Sean Kelly - on 03 Jul 2017
In reply to Jay Oram:

This is quite a mix but mainly about climbing and photography. Hope you enjoy it.
https://seansmountaincamera.blogspot.co.uk/
Sean
pasbury on 03 Jul 2017
In reply to Jay Oram:

Caff's is excellent: http://www.jamesmchaffie.com/caffs-blog

And I enjoy Hosey B's: http://hoseyb.blogspot.co.uk/

Not forgetting the Big G's boulder of the month on NWB: http://www.northwalesbouldering.com/newsarchive.asp
alx - on 03 Jul 2017
In reply to stp:

It's a good question and the lack of responses is perhaps telling.

The problem is that being a good climber and being good at writing is a rare mix, even rarer is a pro-climber people can relate to and isn't just copying and pasting inspirational quotes from corporate management training websites.

The UKB lot run a blog compiler which has a few of the regulars blogs, they are well worth reading.
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Big Lee - on 04 Jul 2017
In reply to alx:

> The problem is that being a good climber and being good at writing is a rare mix, even rarer is a pro-climber people can relate to and isn't just copying and pasting inspirational quotes from corporate management training websites.

Also a climber who can edit themselves. It could also partly be that a lot of people who keep a blog do it for their own personal pleasure rather than as a means to publicise themselves. Twitter and Instagram achieve that with a lot less effort required than writing a blog ever could.
planetmarshall on 04 Jul 2017
In reply to alx:

> The problem is that being a good climber and being good at writing is a rare mix, even rarer is a pro-climber people can relate to and isn't just copying and pasting inspirational quotes from corporate management training websites.

Indeed, just see Gwen Moffat's comments on this subject. Some blogs are just painful to read, reducing what must have been spectacular and once in a lifetime experiences to "really awesome" and "amazing". At least these are just blogs though, and there may have been no real attempt to make it suitable for an audience of more than one. It's far worse when you get a published book that really should have been ghost written.

jalien on 04 Jul 2017
In reply to Jay Oram:

lots of good stuff on http://www.davemacleod.com

I think he's a good writer as well as climber, very insightful regarding the psychology of the process of improvement
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SenzuBean - on 04 Jul 2017
In reply to Jay Oram:

http://wideboyz.blogspot.com/ <- speaks for itself

http://www.adamondra.com/projects <- not really a blog, but has 3 "entries". Gives a lot more depth to Ondra reading his thoughts, especially on the Dawn wall.

http://stephdavis.co/blog/ <- She answers a lot of questions that people ask her, mostly climbing related, although lately has veered more into "climber lifestyle".
stp - on 04 Jul 2017
In reply to alx:

> The problem is that being a good climber and being good at writing is a rare mix...

Good point though I think quite a few are good enough to be interesting. Women in particular I think of are Shauna and Mina Leslie Wujastic.

One person who writes really well is Andrew Bisherat of Evening Sends.

www.eveningsends.com
stp - on 04 Jul 2017
In reply to SenzuBean:

Really liked Ondra's but no newsfeed I can find. Anyone else find one?

Fraser on 04 Jul 2017
In reply to Jay Oram:

If you stretch your category to include vlogs, then I can recommend Magnus Midtbø's:

https://www.youtube.com/user/magmidt88/videos

They have lots of quite interesting info on training formats and tips etc - not so much on trips or kit, although there is some - but what does come across very clearly is what a decent, well grounded guy he is. The climbing stuff is often interspersed with his general, day-to-day Norwegian life. Worth watching from episode #1 IMO.

megamonkeyman on 11 Jul 2017
In reply to Jay Oram:

I've just started one strangely enough.

Hoping to raise some money through it for Charity, take it all with a pinch of salt as it will be tongue in cheek climbing blogs mostly.

http://www.topropefreeclimber.com
oldie - on 12 Jul 2017
In reply to Jay Oram:

Don't look at blogs much but quite interesting: http://www.kakibusok.plus.com

Includes Chris Tan Death Products DIY screamer and DIY guide plate.

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