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Cliff Notes – Chris Parker’s Songs Inspired by the Climbing Life

First listen of Chris Parker's new EP inspired by the climbing life.

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Chris Parker, on the road. Chris Parker, former online editor for Rock and Ice and now content editor at Black Diamond, has
released a new EP inspired by the climbing life.

“To me, one of the most interesting and compelling aspects of climbing is the sport’s rich sub-culture—from the literature, the lifestyle and the
traveling, to the characters,” Parker says. “For a songwriter, the stories are ripe for the picking.”

The EP, titled “Cliff Notes,” encompasses four songs: Climbers, Yosemite Gold, Lion Heart, and Tuolumne—listen
to a sample of each below.

“I started writing these songs when I needed climbing. I’d left my home in Colorado, moved to the rainy Pacific Northwest and was reeling from the abrupt
change,” Parker says. “Climbing is what I ran back to—a pretty frequent pattern for me at this point. I spent a lot of days with a guitar reminiscing
about living in the Rockies, and roping up in the mountains.

“The songs grew from those moments. I tried to pull them from the fabric of what it means to be a climber. From the oral tales that we’ve
all heard while sitting around a campfire, to the feelings you get when you fall in love with a climbing partner. In the end, I just wanted to write
about something that made me happy in a moment I was down and out, so what I ended up with was a handful of songs about climbing.”

From “Yosemite Gold,” chronicling the historic climbing area, to “Climbers,” which speaks to the undeniable bond between climbing partners, “Cliff Notes”
is a musical journey into climbing’s rich culture.

Parker will be playing a show at the BD booth Wednesday evening at the Outdoor Retailer summer trade show in Salt Lake City.

The songs are also available on Spotify and iTunes.

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