NOT NEWS & VIDEO: Traditional Climbing Is Dead

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Ian Dunn, modern sport climber - at Malham  © UKC News
Ian Dunn, modern sport climber - at Malham
With the BMC presidential race still running (UKC News), and a new UKC Article from Alison Stockwell predicting what could happen to British climbing in the future, have decided to explore a new and highly controversial development in climbing - BOLTS. We have asked three modern cutting-edge sport climbers to demonstrate what it is all about and just how it will affect our traditions.

Our three video stars are Ian Dunn, Paul Craven and the up and coming youngster Graham 'Streaky' Desroy.

In his recent UKC editorial, Ken Wilson (ever at the cutting edge) stated that his preferred BMC candidate Doug Scott's main concern "has always been to put a brake on the headlong European rush to bolt up everything in the name of progress."

With the terrifying rapidity of the development of these new fangled bolts in to British climbing (which reportedly supersede well-placed chockstones as the most reliable form of running belay), even some of the young and trendy lycra-clad rock-athletes are expressing doubts about the future of our sport. We are currently balanced on a knife-edge, with traditional climbing about to get the chop.

On the following video, even modern sport climber Paul Craven shows his grave fears about what our crags will be like in ten years, saying:

"The people who are climbing [now] do have that traditional knowledge and traditional values. Perhaps in ten years time when people know nothing of that because they've trained in a climbing wall, on a finger board in a cellar and they've climbed on this type of rock [bolted limestone], a fear of mine is that people do at that time forget about the traditional values."

And in an up to date UKC newsflash from on the job reporter Mick Ryan, fresh from climbing a new route named 'Comedy', we bring you breaking news from Kilnsey Crag, Yorkshire:

"The bolts in 'Frankie' are now in.... no they're out... in..out... in.. out... shake it all about."

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17 Apr, 2009
What we really need is more bearded old men speaking out on behalf of the climbing community.
17 Apr, 2009
Was this c&p'd from a 70's climbing forum or something? Checked the date too - it's not April 1st. **
17 Apr, 2009
Just watched the video and it states "just like on an indoor wall there is no risk of injury just of failure." at 2:06 What a load of rubbish. People do get injured indoors and on bolts. Like Nick Kaczorowski who died a couple of months back.
17 Apr, 2009
That's a very politically incorrect statement. In these modern times where equality is prized, that isn't what we need at all. What need is more bearded old men and women speaking out. T.
17 Apr, 2009
When will Richard E Grant make a guest appearance with his aga ?
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