Lead Now Tour

Best of luck to Paige Claassen and Jon Glassberg as they get underway with their ambitious effort to raise $120,000 for charity as part of their 12 month tour around the world:

Lead Now is a global tour to inspire people through rock climbing.  With a one month deadline in each country, professional rock climber Paige Claassen pushes women’s climbing standards around the globe to inspire people of all cultures to lead a life of adventure. Through CrowdRise the Lead Now team raises money to enable women and children to sustain their own communities while solving diverse social problems. Each month, Lead Now releases a video episode of the past month’s adventure of culture, climbing, and community.

.  First stop is South Africa where Paige will be raising money for the Room to Read charity.

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7 Responses to Lead Now Tour

  1. Andy June 27, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Oh, the irony… (See previous post “Missing Urban climber”)

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    • Narc June 27, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      You’re going to have to enlighten me

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  2. Andy June 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Did you actually read his article?

    “At this point, we seem to have lost the notion, what with the uplift and the inspiration, the festivals and the bright green shirts in the flashlit photos, that climbing is actually a pretty ridiculous sport”
    “Seriously people, working toward our goals, playing hard and making a difference in the community is all well and good but does no one think it all sounds a bit earnest, a bit, well, corporate? ”
    “Its biggest failing I suppose, given its demise, was not being reverent enough to the gods of the market”
    “Perhaps the notion that climbers can be depicted as ridiculous, frivolous, ironic, sarcastic, and truly self-deprecating and not just humblebragging is one whose day has mostly passed.”

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    • Narc June 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      Is that a trick question? Of course I read it. I just wasn’t sure what you were referencing.

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  3. peter beal June 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    What does my blog post have to do with this one?

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  4. Anon June 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    I understand what Andy was saying. Mr. Beals article highlighted the fact that climbing is becoming more corporate and less, and this is my word not his, soulful. It’s seems like videos and news reports always have the corporate tone of pushing products these days, and less of a vibe of friends just going out and spending time climbing just because they can’t think of a more fun way to spend the weekend. And now this comes out, where these two are takings climbing trip not because they want to go climbing but to raise money for charity. I’m not trying to say whether its good or bad, but I definitely see Andy’s point.

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  5. THE menace June 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Seems to me that folks just going out to have a good time climbing are doing just that. Of course media focus is on sponsored athletes and those who are darn close. They have money on the line. I wish I was sponsored but instead have a job, a home woodie, and live the weekend warrior dream!

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