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…
Overcoming physical challenge
Overcoming physical constraints
Mind over matter
Search for meaning
Feeling at one with the earth
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.