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Gripped - - 10 QUESTIONS - Gripped

Why is there so much great climb­ing lit­er­a­ture com­pared to the out­put of much larger pur­suits, such as run­ning or cy­cling? It seems that climb­ing has more to of­fer than sim­ply a phys­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence. The phys­i­cal el­e­ment is there, and it’s im­por­tant, but there is so much more: real ad­ven­ture, the aes­thetic as­pect of climb­ing, the in­tel­lec­tual prob­lem-solv­ing, some­times even a spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ence. Alpin­ism of­fers at least the pos­si­bil­ity of all these in­gre­di­ents, which can make for quite a com­pelling story.—

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