Treacherous Climb of the Week: Stolen Chimney

Mountains and canyons, much like anything else, can be deceiving. Some climbs look as though they should be easy, but prove very difficult, while others look like monstrosities and are fairly easy to scale. This is the case with the Stolen Chimney route in Utah’s canyon country. The Stolen Chimney looks just like its name, a 250-foot rocky protrusion in the land, and it looks as treacherous as they come.

In actuality, the Stolen Chimney is only classified as a II climb, but since it looks like it might topple at any moment, and because of its craggy face, many climbers are scared to death of it. I know that I have no interest in climbing it any time in the future, and this is a classic example of why climbers shouldn’t rely on ratings to choose their next targets.

When climbing the Stolen Chimney, it’s important to make sure you have a healthy supply of nuts and at least one aider. Don’t underestimate the possibility that the rocky surface will crumble underneath your fingers, so make sure you have plenty of grip before you try any ascensions on this climb.

To get there, you’ll wind down a fairly good mile-long trail from the parking lot, but beware that this can take a while. You might want to wear tennis shoes or a different pair of comfortable hiking boots, such as the SalomonExit Peak Mid GTXs , from the ones you wear for the actual climb up the tower. This may prevent blisters and will keep your feet fresh and your circulation pumping.

The best part of climbing Stolen Chimney, of course, is the summit. Standing atop the tower, regardless of the time of day, gives you a beautifully unobstructed view of Utah canyon country. This is a fantastic reward after you’ve heaved yourself up the giant corkscrew tower, and many say it’s worth the nerves you experience beforehand.

Stolen Chimney is located in the Fisher Towers area, approximately 20 miles northeast of Moab. And if this tower doesn’t satisfy your thirst for treacherous climbs, you can also try the Titan, which is the largest of the towers in this area.

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Shopping Tips for New Parents: Organized Totes

Whether you’re traveling with a feisty toddler or a newborn that needs some extra special care, heading off to that next destination with an organized tote can save you a few headaches along the way. Instead of investing in a giant black-hole-of-a-bag that leaves you rummaging through dozens of accessories in an emergency situation, a tote equipped with compartments and zippers can help keep things organized and accessible.

Tote bags made with extra-cushioned handles and support straps are also excellent ways to save your back from unnecessary stress. Here are some absolute musts when it comes to selecting the right carryall for your busy travel days ahead:

1. Take a Sweet Escape. If you’re looking for something simple and versatile, the O’Neill Sweet Escape might be your ideal match. This one’s designed with double shoulder straps and a stylish faux leather trim; with two front pockets and plenty of zipped pockets for the cell phone and other gadgets, you’ll be well-prepared to tackle the trip with your day’s worth of supplies.

2. Spice up the Diaper Bag. Diaper bags that look like a structure-less bucket are cumbersome to tote around and hardly fashionable. Get your hands on a chic and stylish number from Sally Spicer for a designer look without the fuss. This one features a sturdy platform bottom and multiple slip pockets to keep you organized.

3. Power up the Stroller. The ultimate in versatility, the DadGear Totes are perfect for days when the stroller is going along the travel route with the family. This handy tote features two super-size pockets and small zippered compartments for easy storage. You’ve also got stroller straps right on the bag for easy carrying when the stroller is a necessity, but the bag can serve just as well as an independent carryall.

Whether you’re heading out on a weekend picnic or battling through the crowds at the grocery store with kids in tow, a sturdy tote bag is all you need to make it a smooth-sailing trip. Just fill ‘er up with diapers, toys, extra bottles and handiwipes so you’re well-prepared for any mishap or temper tantrum along the way!

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Clothing Rules: White After Labor Day?

Labor Day is over and I am sure that one question is on your mind. It’s plaguing you like an old lover who refuses to believe your relationship is all over. Well, don’t feel bad. This question is one that has boggled the mind of many fashion scholars sparking ugly debates and fits of fashion rebellion. What is it? “Is it okay to wear white after Labor Day?”

Now, this question is a valid one. Every year, the information released by fashion gurus on the topic is sketchy at best. Oprah sends out the word that it’s perfectly okay to wear white after Labor Day while her competition Tyra Banks says it isn’t. So who is right? The answer is both. Certain clothing attire are okay to wear after Labor Day while others or not.

The rule of thumb to follow after Labor Day is not to wear anything white below your waist. So that means that you should store away all of your white pants, skirts and shoes. Wearing them after Labor Day will make you look like a fashion reject. Instead, replace these items with beautiful fall colors: greens, blacks, blues and browns. These colors will make you look festive and ready for Fall. And, if you are really into white, you can top them off with a nice white or crème sweater.

Feel better now? I know you do. The question of wearing white after Labor Day is a big one. It can ruin holidays and other festive events because the fashion police are always lurking around reading to give you a verbal ticket. However, now you know enough information to fight it. You can wear white after Labor Day as long as you follow a simple rule and be the bell of the ball.

Baby Boomers: Find Wellness Through Acupuncture

Many baby boomers are turning to alternative medicine to treat symptoms of pain associated with aging and years of work. Rather than taking the route of pain killers and muscle relaxers many baby boomers are turning towards acupuncture to avoid the complications associated with strong medication and possible surgeries.

How exactly does acupuncture work? A basic acupuncture treatment entails the acupuncturist inserting several extremely thin needles at specific body points referred to as pathways or meridians. The needles are manipulated and twisted at these points to restore what is known in Chinese as the Qi, which is one’s life force energy which follows specific pathways. When this Qi or “chee” (as it is pronounced) is blocked or is in excess, pain generally occurs. Acupuncture is performed to restore the Qi and to stimulate and open up the pathways to allow the energy to flow thus restoring balance and eliminating pain and other illnesses.

There are several benefits associated with acupuncture treatment. First and foremost one generally experiences instant relief to pain systems and one’s overall health condition is usually restored to one of balance, strength and a state of well being.

Does acupuncture hurt? The idea of acupuncture hurts more so than the actual treatment. Expect to feel slight prickling sticks as opposed to painful pricks. The benefits of acupuncture far outweigh one’s apprehension toward the treatment. Make the most of your treatment and show up relaxed in comfortable shoes and clothing with a positive attitude towards wellness.

Most major insurance carriers will generally pay for acupuncture treatments up to fourteen visits though this definitely varies with the carrier. It is always advisable to obtain clearance from one’s physician prior to starting a new workout program or alternative medical treatment.

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I'm Over Apples and Bananas

The rumors are true! The good fruit, the good trail mix, fresh popcorn , coffee – pretty much all of the good snacks dwell near the 2800 help desk. So if you’re craving a juicy nectarine…you now know where to find ‘em!

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My Mythology - Eileen Lewis: Director of Fashion Strategy

My Mythology – Creating our own living legacy at Zappos

One of the joys about working at Zappos is the freedom to be ourselves through our own personal style. Style shouts! Individuals identify themselves through their personal style. Taking the chaos out of the closet and using clothing as a celebration to create personal mythology or legend is something I have been fascinated by.

What is someone trying to say through their style?

Join me in the discovery. Each week I will take an employee from Zappos and find out their personal psychology through their favorite outfits.

Today we study the mythology of Eileen L., Director of Fashion Strategy for Zappos.com.

Eileen is wearing her favorite outfit which consists of an Alexander McQueen scarf , a Gucci watch, King Baby earrings , Royal Order ring, D&G Dolce and Gabbana cuff bracelet, Roberto Cavalli top, D&G Dolce and Gabbana skirt, and Chanel shoes.

How would you define your look? METAL, BIKER CHIC MEETS COUTURE.

What inspires your style? THE MOOD I’M IN AND WHAT EVENT I’M DRESSING FOR.

Who is your favorite designer? ROBERTO CAVALLI .

What fashion item would you never leave the house without? A GREAT WATCH.

Who are your fashion/style icons? KATE MOSS.

What are your favorite labels? OF COURSE CAVALLI , CLERGERIE, DSQUARED2 , CHANEL, GUCCI, PRADA, PACIOTTI, MCQUEEN , DOLCE & GABBANA , BIKKEMBERGS .

How would you define your mythology that you portray through your style? A CHAMELEON.

What is your favorite decade for style? THE PRESENT.

What is your favorite fabric? LEATHER.

What is your favorite color? BLUE.

King Baby or Chrome Hearts? CHROME HEARTS.

What item do you allow yourself to splurge on? BOOTS.

Do you need to take out a second mortgage for your style? DEFINITELY.

Diamonds or pearls? PEARLS.

Which bag? CARLOS FALCHI.

Sunglasses? GUCCI.

What are your fashion rules? I DON’T HAVE ANY.

What is the most you’ve spent on a handbag? $800.

Would set foot in a thrift store? NOT UNLESS SOMEBODY DRAGS ME IN THERE.

If your answer was yes, what is the best thing you’ve ever found at a thrift store? N/A.

What is the most you’ve ever spent on fashion and for what item? A $1700 NECKLACE.

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The Post Labor Day Weekend Blues

There’s no denying it, there’s a change of pace here at the Zappos Headquarters as everyone tries to cope with the after Labor Day blues. Labor Day weekend is so much more than a Sunday do-over, it’s a benchmark holiday that means Summer has come to a close and Fall is on it’s way. Students of all ages dread this weekend because it usually means that school is back in full swing. Fashion gurus (and those who abide by the fashion law) retire their white attire for the season and welcome the rusty colors of fall. And everyone else buckles down for the long road ahead until the next paid three day weekend (which is – Yikes – Thanksgiving).

So readers and fellow Zapponians, don’t dread the end of Summer (if you live here in Las Vegas, the Summer heat is still going to be with us for while) and, I love Fall, it’s my personal favorite, nothing beats waking up to crisp Fall air!

Now get up all of you who decided to spend the day in the “Quiet room” wishing that today was yesterday, because inevitably Tomorrow will come and it’s a waste of a day, a week, or even a year, if you spend the majority of the time wishing it away.

You heard me….Get out of those nap pods and shake off the post Labor Day Weekend Blues!

Celebrity Gossip: Babies for Beyonce, Olsen Twins Outed, And Jimmy Wants Sara Back!

Is funny man Jimmy Kimmel having second thoughts about his recent split from Sarah Silverman, his girlfriend of five years? The National Enquirer is reporting that close sources have said that Jimmy has actually been drunk dialing Sarah and asking to get together so the two can talk. Unfortunately, Sarah seems to already have moved on. No, she’s not dating anybody new yet (that I know of), but her friends say that once Sarah cuts a relationship off there’s no going back. Too bad for Jimmy.

One of Mary Kate Olsen’s ex-bodyguards is spilling all her secrets, but it’s seriously nothing that we haven’t heard before. He claims that Mary Kate is into smoking pot and other drugs and has been a heavy drinker since her high school days. Now, you know that Mary Kate and her famous twin sis, Ashley, both have tiny, childlike bodies, so you can imagine the toll that alcohol and drug abuse takes on their bodies when they indulge. He also touched on Mary Kate’s struggle with an eating disorder and says that Ashley and her family were frantic with worry over how to deal with it and most importantly, how to get Mary Kate back to a healthy weight again for her own sake.

Now that Beyonce and Jay-Z are supposedly married, Beyonce is feeling the pressure to start popping out kids … soon. But the pressure isn’t coming from her, as much it’s coming from Jay-z and her own mother. It seems that Beyonce has the entire next two years planned out for her career already and she doesn’t see how having a baby at this point in her life would be possible or even beneficial for her career. Of course it doesn’t help that her little sis, Solange, already has a four year old son and that her dress designer mother, Tina, is desperate for another grandchild already. I mean, if Solange can do it then Beyonce should be able to, right? Hmm, good luck with that one Beyonce!