Rock Climbing

Cameron Semple

Rock Climbing

Research, reports and publications on the development of rock climbing

Phase Change: An economic impact study of climbing in Chattanooga, Tennessee has revealed that climbers have a major influence on local economies.

Moving from subculture toward mainstream has given us a voice in political, environmental, and so­cial conversations. We’re being listened to because we’re now seen as contributing members of society, not as transient ne’er-do-wells. Some of our authority is a result of our growing numbers, sure, but the real leverage comes from the one thing that must-or so say the purists, the “America’s fit homeless” of yesteryear-be repudiated to be considered a true dirtbag: money.

Reference:

Ellison, J. (2018). Phase change: An economic impact study of climbing in Chattanooga, Tennessee has revealed that climbers have a major influence on local economies. Climbing, 359, February/March, 64-70.

See related article: Chattanooga Climbing Impact Report

See also: Rock Climbing (on the website)

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