As we head into a holiday weekend, I wanted to take the chance to wish you a happy 4th of July. Here are a few links to peruse as you go:

— I’m pumped to see the details of the newly announced Women’s Climbing Festival in Bishop, CA. Flash Foxy announced the Feb. 19-21 festival on Instagram this week. They promise climbing sessions, film screenings, pull-up contests, etc. When we know more, so will you.

Climbing is being reconsidered for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, according to Climbing magazine. It made a short list of eight sports. Climbing was passed over in 2013 but a new rule allows the host country to pick a sport, so climbing is back in the running. The final decision won’t be announced until August 2016 – a year after federations for each sport present to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, which will make a recommendation to the International Olympic Committee.

—AAA Walls in Michigan reopened to climbing, according to Rock and Ice. The landowner, Longyear Realty Corporation, shut down climbing last year because of liability concerns. Negotiations with the Access Fund and the Upper Peninsula Climbers Coalition led to a license agreement that will last through the rest of this year and will be renewed next year if the partnership is successful. The UPCC needs to raise $5,000 for annual costs of liability insurance, signage, stewardship, and management.

Video: AMGA instructor Margaret Wheeler demonstrates how to belay directly off the anchor when belaying a second climber.


Enjoy your weekend!


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