/ OI NEWS: Young Climbers...Get Your CV's To Scarpa
If you think you've got the S Factor then send a CV or proposal, outlining why you think you should be in the team, to the address below and mention UKClimbing.com
The Mountain Boot Co. Ltd.,
New York Way,
New York Industrial Estate,
Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne,
or sent to
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/news.php?id=2480
Nice message for the kids, screw climbing for fun look you can do it for money.
> Nice message for the kids, screw climbing for fun look you can do it for money.
I think you will find that those who attempt to climb professionally also do it for fun.
Please also note that there are numerous levels of sponsorship, the vast majority do not involve payment but gear-only sponsorship.
The S-factor has been and is a great opportunity for some young climbers to take it to the next level if they wish. They get some gear, learn about the industry and get some great coaching and mentorship. It also promotes Scarpa of course.
What's the problem?
I have no dislike of scarpa, you mick or any of the people being sponsored. I think you are right this is a great chance for 1 or 2 people to enhance how hard they climb.
My problem is simply that by having climbers sponsored you accept that climbing should follow a neo-liberal agenda, trickle down economics etc. Which I don't sit easily with as I believe climbing really should be its own thing, which people don't approach for the sake of making money but for the sake of having fun.
I believe if you accept that climbing should have a neo-liberal agenda then there should be no beef with this.
^ does that just sound silly to you I don't think I've expressed it very well ^
> ^ does that just sound silly to you I don't think I've expressed it very well ^
Yes, very silly. I'd love to get paid to do my hobbies but it just doesn't happen at my level/my age in other sports. Lookin back I'd have jumped at the chance if I could have.
All nice and idealistic aged 20, but when you've got a mortgage to pay and no time to spend climbing because you're always working/with the family/commuting etc etc (delete as applicable) something like this would be magic!
I think you're spot on.
Are are you prattling about - peusdo intellectual ramblings.
Climbing is a sport, with competitions and sponsorship and sometimes people try and make a living out of it, financed ultimately by the 'climbing public'.
> I have no dislike of scarpa, you mick or any of the people being sponsored.
I should hope not and didn't think that you were.
Trickle down economics does not work despite what Ronald Reagan said.
Climbing is its own thing. It is fun.
Climbing also has a commercial side: climbing walls, gear manufacturers, climbing shops, guides/intructors/outdoor centres, outdoor media, Chris Bonington etc
All the best and much climbing fun.
So why only rock climbers/boulderers? No support for young alpine or winter climbers? Scarpa make some nice mountain boots too.
> So why only rock climbers/boulderers? No support for young alpine or winter climbers? Scarpa make some nice mountain boots too.
Es Tresidder, Andy Houseman, Rich Simpson, Di Gilbert, Jon Bracey, Matt Helliker
Jon Morgan is quite young at 40
Its not the way you've expressed it that makes it sound a load of bollocks. What are your concerns? Are you worried that the winners of this comp will end up washed up and drug addled at the end of their contracts like so many Drew Barrymores?
Mind you I would be interested to know who won last time around, Mick?
> Climbing is its own thing. It is fun.
> Climbing also has a commercial side: climbing walls, gear manufacturers, climbing shops, guides/intructors/outdoor centres, outdoor media, Chris Bonington etc
> All the best and much climbing fun.
I think if you intend on getting involved in climbing for a sponsor then you most likely already enjoy it.
It doesn't say anything about which activity you need to be involved in does it? Fair enough the training etc all seem to be geared towards trad/sport/bouldering, but it doesn't say that Alpinists need not apply
In reply to Tyler:
Third link down
by Mick Ryan Apr/2007
The lucky winners are: (photos here)
Ben Cossey 23
A visiting Aussie, Ben has already created a name in the UK, with his head torch lit ascent of Parthion Shot E9 and solo of Gaia E8!.Celebrating his new deal, he marched up to Stanage and made the 3rd ground up ascent of Careless Torque Font 8a, sporting his Mago's and new Scarpa team mat!. Set to reside in the UK for the next 5 years, we can only say watch this space!
Zoe Ogden 24
A talented boulderer and sport climber, recently appointed to the British team, with strong aspirations to develop in competitions and on sport climbs in the UK.
Daniel Kennard 22
Based in Huddersfield and all ready well established in the Yorkshire scene, Daniel has an impressive list of boulder and route ascents on his CV already with loads more to come.
Leah Crane 17
Described by Planet Fear as “the UK's most promising female rock athlete!”, Leah is also a member of the British bouldering team. A real all rounder, she has an impressive CV, including sport, trad, solo and ice!
Seems like a list of people motibated to climb by a love of climbing to me!
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