A recent trend in climbing access is the purchase of climbing areas by climbing organizations ( re: Laurel Knob, Unaweep Canyon). These organizations are supported by members and corporate donations, but I’m still waiting for climbing companies to really step up.
I propose climbing companies buy climbing areas and open them to the public for free. Imagine Horseshoe Canyon Ranch becoming the Petzl Spirit Canyon, with free camping and climbing. Next, Horse Pens 40 could be The Drop Zone presented by Black Diamond— Sick! No more access problems, just plain commercialism. Logos could be spray painted at the start of every route.
Chris Rollings on the soon to be renamed Clip or Die, Petzl Sprit Canyon, AR. Photo Lucas Marshall.
Although actual climbing areas are as-of-yet not commercialized much of the rest of the climbing world is. Every magazine is supported by advertisers (not the $20 buck you give them for postage). If you think this doesn’t alter the content, you are mistaken.
An article in the current issue of Rock and Ice underscores where the money’s at. Professional climbers, writers, and many more Outdoor Industry professionals make a fraction of Outdoor Sales Representatives.
I guess this is no surprise, but it just reinforces the importance of non commercial climbing resources; here are a few of my favorites…
Eric Horst Training (Check out the Euro Finger Rolls)
The Lucas Photo