Apr 21, 2009, 11:02 AM
Registered: Nov 20, 2002
To say competition has no role in climbing is utterly ridiculous. Competition in various forms has been the driving force behind most climbing advancements.
I didn't say it has no role (to be sure, each of us is propelled to further our abilities by that same aspect, whether internalized or externalized), but was speaking simply about climbing with regards to the OPs question about its egalitarian qualities, as regards the sexes.
to reiterate, it has been my experience and observation that purely in terms of achievable physical abilities, as measured by the most-climbed route grades climbing is not preferential towards either sex.
clausti's observation has been my own, though I would expand the range to include 5.7-5.10. into the morel elite grades, 5.12 and up it does seem to be mostly males pursuing those levels, but i think that has more to do with males driven to higher levels of competitive urge (and in this case, arguably of an internalized source) simply by their nature.
(This post was edited by robbovius on Apr 21, 2009, 11:08 AM)