Hi, I’m “rockgrrl” aka Eileen aka “Dances on Rocks”. By today’s standards I guess you could say I’m an old school climber, having started over 20 years ago. Now having started and having climbed consistently since then are two different things, and I have had my stops and starts. Some of those were due to climbing partners moving away and me having to train new ones. I’ve introduced a small number of folks to climbing including one who recently became my husband (and has surpassed me climbing-wise), so I suppose I’ve contributed to the sport’s growth in my own small way 😉
I also have enjoyed outdoor activities my entire life, including early camping trips to Yosemite and many California State Beaches with my family and wilderness trips with the Girl Scouts. One reason I got into climbing was because I loved hiking and exploring and climbing seemed like an extension of both.
I started the rockgrrl website in 2002. I’m a bit of a geek and a professional graphic designer so I had intended to write and hand code in many articles about climbing and outdoor adventures and while I did share a lot, it was mainly done in the rockgrrl forums and the photo gallery rather than on the homepage. Fast forward to 2009, when I decided to integrate a blog into my home page instead of doing the hand hard coding, in the hopes that the ease of which I can write a blog post would help me contribute more consistently.
With the advent of Twitter my site and profile got a large boost on the internet. I was a founding organizer of the JtreeTweetup and eventually I was invited to the Gore-Tex Outdoor Blogger Summit and was also an inaugural member of the 2012-2013 8 person Chaco Ambassador Team. I have also been a guest on ClimbTalk radio and am currently a member of the #ORInsight lab.
I hope you join in the fun, whether by commenting here in the blog, in the forums, on my photos (I maintain largely casual photos on rockgrrl.com but I also have a professional photography site), by following me on Twitter, coming to the JTree Tweetup — or meeting up at a random rock face in the great outdoors!