Up the wall: the impact of the development of climbing walls on British rock climbing

Morgan, D.

Leisure Management: Issues and Applications: 255-262


It is contended that the accelerated provision of artificial climbing walls since 1984 has contributed substantially to the growth in the climbing population (from 60 000 to 100 000 1995). The chapter begins with establishing the role of climbing walls in the context of the historical development of the sport for training. It recognizes the initial peripheral role of walls as an artificiality and their function, regarded as a means to an end.