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Grampians Access 21-Feb-2019 At 11:54:16 AM One Day Hero
On 21-Feb-2019 E. Wells wrote:
>I do agree that many outdoor pursuits reek of colonial conquest
>and eliteism , even moreso now as the gear becomes so expensive.

This is a myth. Gear is as cheap or cheaper now (in actual dollar amounts) than when I started in 1994. In adjusted prices, stuff is way cheaper! For example, my first pair of shoes were scarpa forces which I think were $200, camalots were going for about $120 each. Minimum wage was 7 bucks an hour or something, I was getting 10 bucks an hour at my casual evening job. Most young kiddies who claim they need bolts everywhere because they can't afford a rack are full of shit.

>I believe the reaction of repulsion
>and disdain when someone notices bolts in a cliff to be one peculiar to
>the colonist agrophobe also. How dare others have trodden here before me
>and found pleasure in altering my garden of eden!

Get yer hand off it, Daryl. If this is your understanding of why a large segment of the climbing population and most bushwalkers get the shits with exponential sport climbing expansion, you're not even trying.

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