My blog —what’s on this site
Posted by sibylle in Uncategorized (Wednesday February 15, 2006 at 2:18 am)

My forthcoming book, Fun Climbs In Colorado: The Best Places To Take Your Friends and Family, describes fun climbs in Colorado. On this web site, I will expand upon the book and describe climbs at Indian Creek, City of Rocks, Devils Tower, France, Italy, Spain and other places I’ve been lucky to climb. I’ll write about fun climbs I’ve done Mexico, Canada, and Switzerland. When I visit more cool places, I’ll write about those.

Climbing magazines and websites focus on the latest 5.15, hard boulder problem, steep waterfall, or unclimbed Himalayan north face. If you want to figure out where to take your parents climbing, or where to teach your kids to climb, there’s much less easily available information.

I took my Dad climbing when he was in his late 70s. He lead Maxine’s Wall, a 5.10c in Yosemite, at 77, but could barely walk due to hip problems. We took my son Tristan to Arco, Italy when he was three and to Finale Ligure, Italy, and France at seven. In 2004 Tristan and I climbed in Spain.

I love climbing and want to share my experiences. I want to present fun climbs for all of us, including weekend warriors who work for a living. Germans, who coined the term “sport climbing” (Sportklettern) have a word for this: Genußklettern (the German ‘ß’ denotes a combination of s plus z). In French, they call it Plaisir. The late Jürg von Känel, who wrote the guidebooks to Switzerland, Schweiz Extrem and Schweiz Plaisir, told me that they sell the Plaisir guide 95% of the time. I hope to write similar books for other parts of the United States (you tell me where you want them).

11 comments for My blog —what’s on this site »

  1. Eine Schoene Gruesse Sibylle,

    Great site! Very nicely done; and I have to congratulate you on your hard work. It is funny that I was just telling someone about the European magazines and the fact that there are only these rather extremist attitudes here in the U.S.
    Oh, before I forget, when did and how did Joerg von Kaenal pass away? I loved his books and climbed many of the routes out of Schweiz Extrem (back when I was climbing hard).


    Comment by charlie gray — February 16, 2006 @ 12:09 am

  2. Jürg von Känel, author of many guidebooks to Switzerland, committed suicide on January 6, 2005. His obituary appears online (below). I’ll try to translate parts of it and include it in a future post. He left behind his wife and three sons.

    Comment by sibylle — February 16, 2006 @ 1:42 am

  3. Hi Sibylle, the site is very nicely put together, I like the clean lines and gorgeous photos.

    Glad you have a book coming out, sounds like a good concept too.


    Comment by Mary Grady — February 16, 2006 @ 9:28 pm

  4. Sibylle — I believe you might have attended Clifford School with you in San Carlos. I was looking at a class photo and remembering your unusual name and those long braids. We hung out together and I believe we had Mrs. Radavoij in 6th grade. If this is my old classmate, I’d like to hear from you. Julie Burton and I have been exchanging emails and your name came up. You have an amazing story! Ellen Dickinson Campbell

    Comment by Ellen Campbell — April 10, 2009 @ 8:24 am

  5. More interested in climbing the long road to Everest base camp, but don’t want to go alone. Good blog site.

    Comment by Austin — July 24, 2009 @ 11:00 pm

  6. We drove to Everest base camp. I was on the Wyoming Centennial Everest expedition in 1988, to the north side via the Rongbuk glacier, and we had about three trucks that drove us and our supplies to our base camp at about 17,000 feet.

    Comment by sibylle — July 25, 2009 @ 7:07 am

  7. Looking forward to an Everest trek. Did you ever get in touch with Ellen? I went to school with her as well. Small world. Tell her Austin says hello.

    Comment by Austin — July 27, 2009 @ 8:49 pm

  8. I would love to review your book for Let me know if you are interested in this. YOu could also have a guest article to get more information about your book out. We could also have your book in a friends store if you are interested.

    Heidi Ahrens

    Comment by Heidi Ahrens — February 4, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

  9. Maybe you would be interested to visit Philippines, we have great tourist spots in my country.

    Comment by Don — October 11, 2010 @ 10:51 am

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  11. This is a wonderful site with good personal touches! Thank you Sibylle!

    Comment by Tony — March 23, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

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