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Climbing - - THE APPROACH -

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

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