When I first heard about Twitter, I thought it was dumb.
Outdoor social media guru, Sara Lingafelter, (also known as rock climber girl, after her extremely popular blog, RockClimberGirl.com) came to visit us in 2009. At that time she introduced us to the art of tweeting.
We started slow. Really slow.
But we got some tweets out there are started to get a few followers.
And in an email to the guides, I even wrote, "we're on twitter now. So if you're interested, check out @AlpineInstitute, but if you don't know what Twitter is, don't worry about it. It's kinda' stupid.
My initial response was more due to the fact that some people use Twitter to announce things to the world that don't matter. I could care less if your grocery cart has a squeeky wheel. And I definitely don't care if the person next to you on the bus smells bad...
But then I discovered that Twitter can be fun and useful. This became especially true when we discovered some of the best "Twitterbugs" out there.
Here is a list of some of our favorites:
Climbing Gear Shops:
@AAI_Shop - Yep, that's our gear shop, chocked full of equipment specialists that work with our guides to understand the strengths and weaknesses of every type of outdoor equipment that we use!
Climbing, Skiing, and Mountaineering News:
The following is a list of the best of the best when it comes to climbing and skiing news:
@AmericanAlpine, @AlpinistMag, @ClimbingMag, @SkiingMag, @OutsideMagazine, @YosemiteNews, @rockandice, @GrippedMagazine, @BackpackerMag, @AccessFund, @MtRescueAssoc, @UIAAMountains, @supertopo
National Park, National Forest and BLM News and Information:
@NPCA -- This is the National Parks Conservation Association. They provide a great overview of National Parks issues.
Here are some other important twitterfeeds from land managers that regularly concern climbers and skiers:
@DenaliNPS, @JoshuaTreeNP, @BLM_Nevada, @GrandTetonNPS, @YosemiteNPS, @SequioaKingsNPS, @WrangellStENPS, @AlaskaNPS, @NCascadesNPS, @OkaWenNF, @BlackCanyonNPS, @ZionNPS, @ParksCanada
Hodgepodge of Others that We Like:
@Jetboil, @ArcTeryx, @OspreyPacks, @MtneersBooks, @ConservationNW, @SharpEndBooks, @MetoliousClimb, @CascadeClimbers, @UCMAG, @Petzl, @AMGAUSA, @ExtremeSurvival, @RichLouv, @NWF, @Wilderness, @PowderMagazine, @5Ten, @K8tlevy, @SARblip, @backpacknews, @ChildrenNature, @leavenotrace, @TetonGravity, Friends_NWAC, @OurayIcePark, @BlackDiamondUSA
Guilty Pleasure Twitterbugs:
We have one really great guilty pleasure Twitterfeed:
@DeathStarPR - These guys are really funny. They are supposed to be the PR department for the Death Star. Yeah, that Death Star, the one from Star Wars. Here are a few of my favorite tweets:
Kids, if a man in a brown bathrobe who lives in a cave offers to show you "the ways of the Force," DON'T GO. #JediAwarenessWeek
Tyler Perry is the highest paid man in Hollywood. See, this is why you guys don't deserve to not get exploded.
Nothing in life is free. Unless you can crush people's windpipes with your mind. Then people are strangely generous.
We didn't destroy Alderaan, we created the Alderaan Memorial Asteroid Park. #DeathStarCares
So that's how I waste my day. How about you guys? What am I missing that's consistently informative and interesting for the climber/skier...?
--Jason D. Martin