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Revolution & Pusher Closing Up Shop In The U.S.

Unfortunate news from The Cordless Group, parent company of Revolution pads and Pusher holds:

To keep this company going, I am facing a hard reality; make huge financial investments into the company and make big ethical compromises. But I am not able to do either of those things right now. That’s how it goes.

On December 19th, 2014, The Cordless Group (Pusher and Revolution) in North America will be closing shop indefinitely. We will still continue producing and selling our holds from our manufacturing spot in Germany and ship them anywhere in the world.

Lots of good history in that post about the backstory of Cordless, Pusher and Revolution.

My formative years in climbing were spent climbing indoors on those classic Pusher shapes and bouldering outside over those classic Cordless pads.  They will definitely be missed.

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Outdoor Retailer Summer 2014 Climbing Report

Nice recap by Splitter Choss of the recently completed 2014 Outdoor Retailer Summer Trade Show.  I was actually able to make a brief stop at the show in between Psicocomp duties, but I did not get a chance to visit many of the climbing-related booths in any detail.

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Waggoner Takes The Reins at USA Climbing

Climbing Business Journal:

USA Climbing, the National Governing Body for Competition Climbing, is proud to announce that Kynan Waggoner has been named the Chief Executive Officer of the organization.

Well deserved.

Kynan has been a big supporter of the LT11 broadcasts of USA Climbing national events that I’ve been a part of, and I look forward to harassing him more at future events.  He’s also pretty creative when it comes to thinking of things to do with a shovel while out at the boulders, so there is that as well.

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Mountain Project App Goes Free

Black Diamond PR on their new partnership with Mountain Project’s mobile app:

Black Diamond Equipment®, a global innovator in climbing, skiing, mountain sports equipment and apparel, announces the launch of their partnership with Mountain Project, the definitive online resource for the rock climbing and mountaineering communities. Beginning today, Black Diamond Equipment and Mountain Project will take Mountain Project’s current paid mobile application and make it free to the climbing community.

I think I’d personally rather pay for the ads to not be there, but I think the unfortunate reality for most mobile app developers is that in-app advertising is a more sustainable business model than having users pay up front.

I’ve only perused the app briefly since this change was made, and the advertising does seem fairly non-intrusive.  If you’ve used it I’d love to hear your thoughts on this change.

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Petzl RocTrip Photo Contest

Cool contest going on right now by Petzl to win a trip to the Antalya, Turkey portion of the upcoming 2014 Petzl RocTrip.  Mrs. Narc and I went to Antalya at the end of 2012, and we really loved it.

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