I have subscribed to your magazine for 25-plus years. I agree with John Schroyer’s letter in the Sept/Oct issue (no. 356) about wanting to see more US destinations in the magazine. Yes, I understand that climbing is international, but I skip over any/ all pictures and articles about climbing internationally. Here’s why: I’m never going there! I’m never going to have a rope or shoe sponsorship. I’m never going to free solo. I’m likely never going to lead harder than 5.10 (I climb trad only). The highlights of my career have been summiting the Petit Grepon near Estes Park and Devils Tower, Wyoming.
Might I suggest you split your magazine in two: Climbing USA (North America, if you like) and Climbing International? I’m betting if you did this, coupled with not focusing on folks who are climbing 5.14 and such, you would gain membership with many of the newer, younger climbers who’d use your magazine to be mentored and to learn about all the amazing locales near them. If this suggestion is too radical, then alternate months between “local” and international. Scott Reistad, via email