Desirability of Conditions in Rock Climbing Site Selection


  • Aram Attarian North Carolina State University
  • Christos Siderelis North Carolina State University


rock climbing, site conditions, site selection


This study examined the desirable conditions and importance placed on these conditions by climbers when choosing sites that match their climbing styles. A literature review identified the different explanatory variables related to a climber's desired style of climbing (bouldering, top rope, hybrid) when deciding to choose a particular site. Three separate data sets were analyzed to determine the similarities and dissimilarities of the explanatory variables for each climbing style. The relative weights were estimated using a mathematical model. Findings revealed that the quality, variety, and difficulty of climbs, and the quality of the natural surroundings, are the site conditions all climbing styles consider most when deciding to visit a climbing site. By identifying those conditions of importance to climbers, resource managers may be more efficient in administering climbing policies and planning appropriate site modifications especially with the assistance of climbers. Implications for both managers and practitioners are presented and discussed.




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