Getting Climbing Back to Its RootsBy Michael Frank on April 4th, 2012
Is climbing the only sport that’s been commodified to death? Hardly, but blogger and author Peter Beal argues that the “joie de exploration” that was once the lifeblood of climbing has been undermined by the banality of the perpetually “stoked” jock with nothing to say and no higher agenda than collecting a check. If you climb (or for that matter, ski, surf, or mountain bike) the entire post is thought provoking, though this may be the money quote: “The idea that climbing was a significant pursuit that created and carried real personal meaning and was not merely an opportunity for punchy visuals and superficial chatter seems to be on life support.” Via Mountains and Water.
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