Social climbing: a case study of the changing class structure of rock climbing and mountaineering in Britain

Donnelly, P.

Studies in the Sociology of Sport: 13-28


The paper is concerned with the democratization of British climbing through three distinct periods: 1850-1914, 1919-1939, and 1945 to the present day. The founders of climbing as a recreation, and eventually as a sport, were primarily from the new industrial and intellectual upper middle classes of the mid-19th century.