The potential for eroded ethics and dented integrity are fairer concerns, but also misguided. In the case of rampant expansion and external monetary influx, the responsibility is on the entire climbing community—including those chiding Sharma and others—to preserve the sport’s ethics; newbies or corporate outsiders can't be expected to adhere to time-honored principals and integrity standards that they know nothing about. And Sharma or Shiraishi or whomever are just conduits to that theoretical mainstream when they sign on for product partnership. To put it another way: Any blame will ultimately fall on those climbers who are most concerned. They are the ones who will allow or not allow integrity to erode alongside growth. … [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
After purchasing the flights for a 10-day trip, my next concern was the sequence to visit the cities to find affordable hotel rates. It became obvious that rates in Dusseldorf were very high the last few days of this trip, so I opted to start there when rates were more affordable, move to Cologne for the weekend and then on to Amsterdam. My last night on the trip was a cash and points award stay near the Dusseldorf Airport. … [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
Where to Shop: The Kölner love to shop. The area between Neumarkt and the famous Kölner Dom (Cathedral) is packed with stores. The pedestrian-only Schildergasse is the busiest shopping street in Europe with 13,000 pedestrians crossing it every hour. On any given Saturday on the Hohe Strasse, you'll find yourself packed shoulder to shoulder with other shoppers. It's also worth veering north of Neumarkt to Apropos, a concept-style department store. … [Read more...] about What’s so great about… Cologne?