Reply To: Climbing and craving research

longa
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I can’t define sport. I only know that climbing represented an escape from it for some of us who, though we knew we were strong and agile, were alienated by the jock-strap nazis who thought football and field-sports were the be-all and end-all of life. It had no rules, you just went off and had adventures. True, it has ethics, but these are the subject of continual debate among equals.

Whilst I recognise the contribution of modern training techniques to climbing performance, I’ve always worried about the dead hand of the PE and H&S establishments encroaching upon our sacred anarchy. Climbing walls, with their implicit notion of “qualification to climb” are a case in point, even though I have to enforce these constraints.