Who is the Climbing Narcissist?

I started climbing at the end of 1999 and I have been hooked ever since. So hooked in fact that I often times find myself fighting one over-use injury after another. I started this blog in Februrary of 2007 after my narcissism fueled compulsive behavior led to my most difficult climbing injury to date: elbow tendinitis.

At the time, there were a lot of sites on the internet devoted to climbing, but I had yet to find one that tried to pull it all together so that people didn’t have to search 20 sites to find out what was going on. Hopefully, if you are as psyched about climbing as I am, you will enjoy all the different climbing content I am trying to bring together in this one centralized location.

I encourage you to leave a comment or use the Contact Form to let me know what you think.

4 Responses to Who is the Climbing Narcissist?

  1. Hans_krugger January 14, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    Nice site. I just found it. As an old school climber (1970s) I am sickened by what climbing has become. Long dead are the ethics of clean climbing and good style. I hope you consider republishing some of the articles that Chouinard used to put in his catalogs. We could use a fresh infusion of ethics. In the 70s many people worried that climbing culture would decompose into something like ski culture..it has. Competition, fashion and status.. I hope you use your platform as a pulpit to inspire a return to clean climbing and climbing for the shear zen-like joy of it. It doesn’t matter what level you climb at – its about the internal game of exploring and pushing your own limits. Competition in climbing is as disgusting as having your gear made by some damn publically traded mega corporation. 
    Photo – me on the left with a couple of friends. Yea, that is a Chouinard ice axe circa 1975…woolrich knickers circa 1976, kelty mountain boots (an experiment from 1977) and I am circa 1957.

    • Elena April 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

      Hans_krugger: I really liked your comment about your take on climbing…compared to you, I am super new school (started about 5 years ago; I am 19 years old) but have found many joys in climbing for the fun of it and NOT just competing! A lot of younguns like myself seem to mostly be in it for competing these days and being “the best”. Thanks for your input

  2. David Potter February 9, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    Yay for climbing and yay for the Climbing Narc.  Thanks for your reporting on the red rock housing project ordeal :)

  3. Geckobat February 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    Great site!  I spent my afternoon reading through and watching some of the top ten videos.  Excellent work!  

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