Some tiny creature, mad with wrath,

Is coming nearer on the path.

--Edward Gorey

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Outlying Islands

Writer, lawyer, cyclist, rock climber, wanderer of dark residential streets, friend.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Post-Gazette Publishes Filler, Insults Pittsburgh's Climbing Community

Friend Dee writes:

Apparently these brilliant and innovative kids in new york have come up with this whole new way of climbing according to the Pittsburgh paper. It’s a shame no one in Pittsburgh does it or they could have actually mentioned Pittsburgh people, the climbing gym[s], coopers, etc etc… [Embedded links added. -- MOP]

Of course, I should note that the article is an AP piece. But if I'm not mistaken, wire service subscribers have the privilege of modifying or adding to articles on the wire. Would it have killed them to have someone talk to one of the many climbers or climbing organizations / facilities in this whole city?

I want to be clear that this only annoys me because the P-G consistently has grown on me as I've come to realize just how independent and local it is, by comparison to most local outlets (not naming any names, but you know who you are, Dick). This is an unusual exception, and unfortunately it hits a little close to home.


Blogger brian said...

Oh dear. First fixed gear bikes make the national news, and now bouldering! Every countercultural sport I pick up becomes the Next Big Thing.

I hear powerwalking is rather subversive....

3:43 PM  
Blogger matt said...

If they're going to bother to pick nasty, slimy Rat Rock as the epicenter of the bouldering world, they could at least have the decency to interview Ivan "Jew 'fro" Greene about it.

Brian, I've contacted the Mountain Dew people several times w/r/t you, and they should be getting in touch at some point to get some insight as to what the hot new "next" sport will be... I'm thinking programming.... TO THE EXTREME!!!!

3:55 PM  
Blogger brian said...

yeah, yeah, that's it. we could mix extreme programming with fear factor. talk about deadlines!

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

Ok, we need you to code this RSS parsing class while eating earthworms and walking on a tightrope over a vat of bikini ladies.

11:41 PM  

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