/ Climbing in 30 years time?
Will super sticky shoes make e5 a peace of cake? Will we all be so risk adverse that only a rare few will trad climb? Or will the route be so polished that they become unusable. Or have we reached the zenith and there will be few advancements.
My personal opinion is there will be no major change, just more comfortable shoes and much lighter gear.
More soloing of longer routes with sustained technical difficulty.
Perhaps an airbag around waist so falls are harmless!
Maybe a small parachute that opens on falling.And clothes that can stiffen and increase muscle strength.Perhaps a wireless ear plug that receives messages from muscle blocks telling climber how to adjust legs and arms.Maybe super sticky gear that clings to cliff face and doesn't need cracks to wedge in.
Midge spray that works.
> Midge spray that works.
You're just being silly !
If you want soft skin but don't mind midge bites.....
Nintendo will bring out the best ever virtual climbing game and people will not have to go beyond their front door for the full on climbing experience ;)
The human race will no longer exist in 30 years time.
No, there are many: Pylon King, Formerly known as Pylon King, Dark Mavis, Mr. Mark Stephen Davies for starters!
Stanage popular end followed by the Plantation, and Burbage and then the rest of the peak will all be fenced off because of overuse and excess of polish.Then the elements will start to slowly improve the rock surface over several hundred years...
And that is only in the peak.
Most climbers will go on holiday to Madagascar and Bhutan..
Many indoor climbing walls will become churches, mosques and other religious venues..
An exact copy of Stanage will have been erected just in front of the original.
You'll be able to buy Ron Fawcetts sperm on the internet.
The Futurama style preserved head of Andy Nisbet will be available for consultation on Scottish winter nick.
Oh wait, hold on...
Three Pebble Slab will be E4.
Jack Dee, 1992
... and an old bloke with weird ears and rocket boots to stop you getting hurt if you get distracted and fall off.
Alpine style completly overtakes expedition in the greater ranges.
Tough, sinewy bodies.
I think that would be a good thing for the sport and likely to happen, unfortunately it will probably mean more tragic deaths in the big ranges.
And i would hope gear would become cheaper, yeah i know i think big haha
More alpine style expeditions, but this already happening
> An exact copy of Stanage will have been erected just in front of the original.
I seem to remember Ken Wilson advocated just such a thing back in the 1980s - I always thought he was a visionary. (Actually, to be fair, he didn't suggest putting it in front of the actual Stanage, but in the cliff-starved south, in some dingy Bedfordshire gravel quarry or suchlike as I recall. But he did suggest building a facsimile of part of Stanage. Fact!).
> You'll be able to buy Ron Fawcetts sperm on the internet.
The Futurama-style preserved head of Andy Nisbet is already available for consultation on Scottish winter nick.
Happens just now, it's called a shit belayer :-)
Seacliff routes will suffer more tidal restrictions that at present, many crags on the Culm will be inaccessable at any tides
Many culm crags will be more easily accessible since they will be lying on the beach.
Climbers of the future will look back at old Peak guidebooks and exclaim: 'People used to climb on those tiny bits of sand? No way!'
Belay robots will be commonplace.
The six great north faces of the Alps will be the equivalent of the Three Peaks Challenge. Unfit blokes who bought their entire collection of kit from GoOutdoors the week before will, somehow, be able to climb all six in 24 hours after an introductory top-roping session at their local wall.
CCTV will be installed on all 'classic' crags, with the primary intention being to catch dry-toolers (now a semi-militant faction separated from mainstream climbing) red-handed.
The top end Arc'teryx hard shell will be £2000. Or £20, depends how the economy goes.
With a rise in global temperature, Scotland will have neither snow and ice in winter, or a dry spell long enough to allow the crags to dry in summer.
> Three Pebble Slab will be E4.
Lol. The gear slot is getting worse though.
im hoping in 30 years DWS has become televised. them i, as i approach my 70s, can watch fit girls in bikinis filmed from below and not need to make excuses.
Climbers will have robotic monkey-tails attached to the back of their harness continuously adjusting their balance to make the moves easier.
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