Good for: Longform climbing journalism worth curling up with on the couch (or in the back seat of your Subaru)
Written by: Rock and Ice Senior Editor Andrew Bisharat
Easily the best-written blog on this list. Besides posting some of the articles he writes for the magazine, Bisharat uses this side project to share outtakes and extras from his climbing trips to places like Spain and China. The site is frank and funny, and gives him the room to explore his topics more thoroughly than he can on paper. Bisharat recently released a prize-winning instructional book on sport climbing, so there’s plenty of good practical advice too.
Sample post: After traveling to China to cover the 2011 Petzl Roc Trip, Bisharat shared some of his notes on China's culture and climbing. Included was this anecdote about three Chinese girls who approached Bisharat and asked to take their pictures with him.
"My climbing partner for the day was Daila Ojeda—girlfriend of Chris Sharma, who, on that day, was belaying Dani Andrada while he sent his five-pitch mega project. After the Chinese girls left, she came over and teased me.
“Que guapa!” she said, nudging me with her elbow.
“I don’t know what that was all about,” I said, still blushing.
“Mate,” said this random appearing-out-of-nowhere Australian, who was standing next to us and had observed the whole thing, “They think you’re Chris Sharma.”
“What?” Though we’re both technically climbers, and we’re both technically Americans, the similarities between Sharma and myself end there. I was, however, climbing with Daila, which I suppose could cause some confusion were someone able to ignore the fact that I look nothing like Sharma—not in person, not in my lumpy, slouching gait, and most definitely not on the rock, where I tend to shake like a nervous, wet dog." ...