Investigating Climbing as a Spiritual Experience


  • Michael Pond Ohio University
  • Bruce Martin Ohio University
  • Elizabeth Collins Ohio University
  • Andrew Szolosi Ohio University


Although defining the concept of spirituality has remained elusive, discussion on the topic is pervasive within academic literature (Frederickson & Anderson, 1999; Heintzman, 2010). Spirituality can embody different meanings for different people. For some, spirituality may reflect that which is religious. For others, spirituality may embody a state of being that is transcendent, allowing a person to search beyond that which they can readily explain from their immediate senses. Experiences of this form may often occur in virtue, moving a person closer to the their ideal sense of self. Outcomes such as these are frequently part of discussions that speak to the benefits derived from different leisure activities (Schmidt & Little, 2007).




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