You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.
Although climbing is very personal and individual, it does contribute in a ‘real’ direct way to society in several ways to a wide range of people, even non-climbers. Climbing (especially recently) contributes to supporting access to public lands that hikers, mountain bikers, hunters, bird-watchers, etc. will also benefit from – not to mention the conservation of local plants and animals that equally benefit from keeping the area wild. Access Fund, American Alpine Club, and in some cases direct funds from individuals purchasing equipment, go towards opening and designating areas that would otherwise most likely be sold as private land. There are not many other hobbies (other than perhaps hunting) that contribute funds towards negotiating designation of public land for all to enjoy. Also there are many areas throughout the country that have their entire local economy revolve around climbing, the pursuit of climbing literally creates jobs in some small towns.
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