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A woman bouldering outdoors at The Roaches

What’s climbing all about?

Climbing means something different to everyone.  Sometimes I come across climbers who can’t get their heads around other people who only climb indoors.  Others wonder why anyone would venture outside, when you can stay warm and dry in a climbing centre.  Others still are unable to comprehend the art of bouldering.  Recently I’ve been asking myself ‘what’s climbing all about?  Why do it?’  It’s made me think about my motivation for climbing and what might motivate you, and others, to climb.

What I realised when compiling the list below is that every person’s reason is a distinct combination of many things, influenced by their life situation, background, upbringing, outlook, political persuasion and many other things, all equally valid and acceptable.

 What climbing’s all about…

Concentration
Meditation
Relaxing
Focus
Self control
Belonging
Socialising
Escape
Trust
Calculated risk
Control
Beautiful movement
Geekery
Overcoming physical challenge
Overcoming physical constraints
Self reliance
Mind over matter
Solitude
Personal growth
Keeping fit
Search for meaning
Being healthy
Overcoming fear
Feeling at one with the earth
Organisation
Exploration
Preparation
Mental preparedness

This is a simple list of my thoughts.  If you’d like to add something to the list please do so in the comment box below.

2 Comments
  • Nic
    May 31, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Passion

  • Sarah
    June 5, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Love!

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