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Grampians Access 21-Feb-2019 At 1:31:53 PM One Day Hero
On 21-Feb-2019 gremlin wrote:
>...i don't think many of you realise how much of
>a middle class, elitist and inaccessible pursuit climbing is to poor and
>black/indig people around the world.

How much of that do you reckon is oppression, and how much is just geography and culture? I don't think I'd be a rock climber if I lived in W.A. (too flat), or N.T. and Qld (too fuching hot for 10 months of the year).

Also, I'm pretty sure that footy is more fun than climbing. I started playing wogball at age 5 (because I have a woggy dad, and that's the sport all good woggy kids play). I still play every week, and it's way better bang for your buck than climbing. While climbing is definitely mayo, I reckon soccer is olive oil and pickled cabbage. Does that mean there's discrimination in soccer which needs to be addressed?

I'm not against affirmative action (or whatever it gets called these days), but of my non-climbing friends who I introduced to climbing, none of them really caught the bug and stayed in the sport. It just doesn't grab everyone. There seem to be pretty good reasons other than overt discrimination and socio-economic discrimination why the climbing demographic might be as it is.

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