Climbing’s foothold in the mainstream is a funny thing. Anytime the sport receives recognition outside of its usual media margins—whether it’s Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson appearing on Ellen, Alex Honnold being profiled by 60 Minutes, or Ashima Shiraishi partnering with Coca-Cola—there’s a swarm of bifurcated responses from the communal masses. Some praise the athletes’ success. Others see any big-name climber's acquiescence to outside interests as a betrayal of our sport’s hardscrabble roots. After all, the Stonemasters of the 1970s were largely jobless, homeless, and raided trash bins for sustenance in between sends. That’s our heritage, so isn’t any attachment to corporate money—especially money with no ties to the climbing industry—a shot in the gut to such roughhewn tradition and our dirtbag forefathers who sacrificed everything just to…climb? … [Read more...] about Opinion: Chris Sharma’s Polo Ad—Climbers, Cologne, and Confusion
This Airbnb in Cologne The mid-range hotel The luxury hotel in Cologne Things to do in Cologne Your 48 Hour Cologne Itinerary Friday afternoon: Arrival Once you’re settled into your hotel, take a stroll into Cologne and stop for a beer in the sunshine at Hafenterrasse am Malakoffturm – a casual bar that serves German pub food and ice cold beer overlooking the river and the chocolate museum. It’s the perfect way to say hello to the city, and ease into your weekend of exploring. … [Read more...] about Things to do in Cologne with just 48 hours
In Amsterdam, I was challenged with significant rain that curtailed my time for touring. I enjoyed the canals, cheese shops, exterior views of three museums (no time for visits this trip), the flower market and a carnival on Dam Square. There are bicycles everywhere! You really need to pay attention to avoid getting crashed into, particularly when crossing intersections. … [Read more...] about Trip Report: Dusseldorf-Cologne-Amsterdam
In Dusseldorf, I enjoyed touring the shopping district, including the Konigsallee with its luxury shops and a canal. I walked around the Media Harbour area, which has some unusual buildings, as well as along the Rhine which is lined with outdoor cafes and a TV tower. There were some attractive pastry shops and the department stores were just readying their displays for Christmas. There’s no shortage of pubs and cafes, many with outdoor seating. … [Read more...] about Dusseldorf-Cologne-Amsterdam
Nightlife: Kölsch is the only type of beer allowed to be brewed in the city, but there are many different brewers, so finding your favourite is a good way to start your night. Pubs are found all over the Altstadt (but so are bachelor/ette parties) and Rudolfplatz is where you will find the streets lined with students on their study breaks. The Belgian Quarter is also a lovely place to spend an evening. … [Read more...] about What’s so great about… Cologne?