Pro Climber and Former World Champion Katie Brown Debuts Climbing Blog

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Katie Brown, a former world champion, well known climbing writer and one of the best rock climbers in the world, has started writing a blog about her climbing life and adventures for YourClimbing.com. "Katie Brown's Rock Talk" debuted this month on the new online community site for climbing enthusiasts.

Professional climber Katie Brown, a former world champion, well known climbing writer and one of the best rock climbers in the world, has started writing a blog about her climbing life and adventures.

"Katie Brown's Rock Talk" is a key feature of the new online climbing community, YourClimbing.com, where Katie serves as enthusiast-in-chief.

The blog can be found at http://www.yourclimbing.com/blog/katie

On Rock Talk, Katie shares her climbing adventures and latest projects with readers, and is available to answer fellow climbers' questions about technique, equipment, strategy, the mental aspects of climbing, and routes. Katie expects to file for the blog most days.

When Katie goes climbing, often with partners who are the stars of the sport, she'll write about her experiences on Rock Talk. In September 2006, she'll be big-wall climbing on Yosemite's El Capitan, and plans to file reports from the wall (via cell phone) for her blog and/or her new audio podcast.

"I feel that I am really lucky to get to lead such an incredible life," she says, "and I'm really excited to get to share my adventures and experiences with others who share my passion for the sport of rock climbing."

About Katie Brown

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Katie is a professional climber and a Rock Climbing Ambassador for outdoor clothing company Patagonia. In addition to serving as enthusiast-in-chief for YourClimbing.com, she writes a regular climbing column for the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper and her writing regularly appears in the pages of climbing magazines. She is currently finishing up a book about the top climbers of her generation, for Falcon Press.

Katie started climbing in a gym at age 12, and quickly gained international attention for her talent by winning the Junior Nationals in 1995 and the World Junior Championships in Laval, France, a few months later. She's well known as being the first woman to on-sight a 5.13d, Omaha Beach in the Red River Gorge of Kentucky, in 1999. As a teenager, she won both the World Cup and the prestigious ARCO Invitational and was considered by many climbers to be the "world's best female sport climber."

In her 20s, Katie has traded competition for traditional climbing. Recently, she freed Yosemite's West Face of the Leaning Tower (5.13b A0) with climbing legend Lynn Hill. She was one of the climbers featured in Chris Sharma's film, Pilgrimage, about a bouldering pilgrimage by Sharma, Katie and Nate Gold to a sacred village in India where thousands of unclimbed boulders sit amid ancient Hindu temples. Other recent exploits include a trip to the Mediterranean island of Malta for deep water soloing, climbing sheer cliffs over the ocean with no protective gear.

Katie is a strong advocate for environmental protection and sustainability, and she believes in the importance of climbers doing their sport responsibly. "Climbing involves a careful balance between us and the environment, so we want to always be sure to take care of our resources so that we can continue to climb in areas that we love best," she says.

About YourClimbing.com

YourClimbing.com is an online community and resource for rock and mountain climbers -- from world-class athletes to passionate enthusiasts -- and a place for them to share their tales of adventure, photos and videos with other climbers.

In addition to Katie Brown's blog and her other content, the website is meant as a friendly place where climbers can tell their own stories without needing a professional journalist to discover them. It is based on the concept of "citizen media" -- which simply means that climbers themselves are the authors of much of the content on the site.

YourClimbing.com is the second website released by Enthusiast Group LLC.

About the Enthusiast Group

The Boulder, Colorado-based company was founded in early 2006 by Steve Outing, an interactive media expert and columnist, and Derek Scruggs, an experienced Internet entrepreneur, with the goal of creating a network of citizen-media-based websites serving adventure and participant sports. YourClimbing.com and YourMTB.com are the first sites published by the company to open to the public. YourRunning.com is scheduled to debut in September 2006. Sites covering additional adventure and participant sports are planned for roll-out later this year, and the company is seeking athlete editors.

The Enthusiast Group is funded by a group of 11 investors, including Omidyar Network (a mission-based investment group founded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar), DB Medialab (the new-media arm of Norwegian national newspaper Dagbladet), and Brad Feld.

Websites:

Katie Brown's Rock Talk blog: http://www.yourclimbing.com/blog/katie
YourClimbing website: http://www.yourclimbing.com
YourMTB website: http://www.yourmtb.com
Corporate website: http://www.enthusiastgroup.com

Contacts:

Katie Brown, YourClimbing.com enthusiast-in-chief: 303-915-9184

Steve Outing, founder and publisher: 303-543-7810

Derek Scruggs, founder and CEO: 303-543-1186

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