Thoughts on Clif Bar Dropping 'Risky' Athletes

Last week Clif Bar dropped sponsorships of athletes that have engaged in BASE jumping, highlining, or free soloing (climbing without a rope), stating: 

These forms of the sport are pushing boundaries and taking the element of risk to a place where we as a company are no longer willing to go. 

The athletes include those appearing in the Sender Films feature Valley Uprising: Alex Honnold, Dean Potter, Steph Davis, Cedar Wright, and Timmy O'Neill. 

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Best Beginner Sport Crags in Colorado's Front Range

"Sport climbing is neither." !?!?!?

BAH! Sport climbing is your first jaunt on the sharp end, and it can be quite daunting. As in toproping, Colorado’s Front Range has a ton of options for the beginning or intermediate sport climber, but when you're new (and scared!) it can be difficult to know which are the best crags with the best number of moderate routes. Well, here they are!

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Best Toprope Crags in Colorado's Front Range

Colorado’s Front Range has tons of options for the beginning or intermediate rock climber, but when you're new it can be difficult to find the good spots -- and crags where topropes will be easy to set up. The crags listed here cater to new climbers and are relatively easy to setup topropes. They are sure to help you transition from the gym to outside, gain confidence in climbing outside, and meet other new climbers. Be prepared to queue up on the popular routes on warm weekends, regardless of season.

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The Colorado Mountain Club is Magical

Climbing at the CMC climbing wall.

14ers.com is the most comprehensive on-line resource for all things Colorado 14ers. You can find anything you need to know. From route descriptions and pictures, recent trip reports and trail head conditions, to tips and training advice, its all there. Once Andy and I had two 14ers under our belts, we knew we wanted to do more, and I have been on 14ers constantly ever since. Every summer, without fail, people will die while climbing Colorado 14ers. Its the nature of the beast. The mountains are unpredictable, and even the best training and preparation can not compete with being in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

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