Welcome to the October 2021 edition of Common Climber!
Featured Photographer: Phillip Booth
Phillip Booth, located in Sydney, Australia, is the Featured Photographer for our first print Anthology. We have full-page and two-page spreads of his incredible work for you to enjoy in only the the way print media allows.
But Phillip's talents need to be spread far and wide, so we also share his work, accompanied by an interview, with you in the October 2021 edition of Common Climber. In this interview, Phillip speaks of being a climber first and photographer second. He also talks about honoring the climb in the photograph (“What makes this route special? Why do people love climbing it?”) We invite you explore the humility in Phillip’s words, then immerse yourself in the content of his photos - see how his “being a climber first” and “honoring the climb” mentality are expressed so beautifully in his images.
It's Rocktober folks, 'nuff said. Go get on it, and when you aren't on the rock then read about it here at Common Climber and share your favorite articles! We've got another fab batch for you in this October 2021 edition.
Also, we are spreading the word (and, of course, climbing) too! Common Climber is at lots of climbing festivals this month (Smith Rock, OR Craggin' Classic, Moab, UT Craggin' Classic, and the Joshua Tree, CA Climb Smart).
Thanks for joining us! Now, let's enjoy the perfect shoulder-season weather. It's time to climb!
Christo's Little Bay Rhapsody
(By Keith Bell)
Christo, an avant garde artist that likes to wrap very large things, left his mark on Little Bay near Sydney, Australia - with the help of climbers, of course. Contributor Keith Bell happened to be one of those climbers. In this interesting and humorous account, Keith fills us in on what it was like to help wrap 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) of coastline with fabric and what happened in the aftermath - including how NOT to deal with 400 meters of rope.
Encouraging Words - At Any Age
(By Dierdre Wolownick)
Dierdre Wolownick explores the role of encouraging words in climbing and beyond. If you think what you say doesn't make a difference, you might think differently...
Copen Hill: A Huge Climbing Wall in Copenhagen, Demark
(By Michael Hjorth)
At 80 meters (262 feet) Copen Hill is one of the largest artificial climbing walls in the world. But it doesn't stop there - it is built on the side of the world's cleanest waste-to-energy incinerator (which also has a ski hill and walking trails built into it.) Copenhagen local Michael Hjorth takes us on a tour of this unique climbing structure and shares some of his Danish Mountain Club "insider" experiences with and knowledge of the wall.
Yosemite Bigwalls – The Ultimate Guide
Book by Erik Sloan
Review by Dave Barnes
What do you do in the middle of a global pandemic? How about dreaming of or escaping to the promised land of climbing, Yosemite. Well, maybe it will be the former rather than the latter for the time being, but the time will come when the big wall rack will be dusted off and your eyes will seek out reading that will give you the latest route beta, the illustrious history, and something that will inspire you to live large again.
Joe Martin, the Dirtbag Trucker with his southern drawl, introduces us to the world of trucking and why rock climbing is so compatible with trucking, as well as how and why rock climbing can be motivational to truckers. Check out an informative tale and a glimpse into the trucking world.
Check out more from Joe at:
Dirtbag Trucker article
Climbing in the Upper Cumberland Valley, Kentucky
Video Recorded and Created By Joe Martin Dirtbag Trucker YouTube
Joe also has a podcast at: https://anchor.fm/joe-martin76/