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It’s a Man’s World…or is it? RockClimbing By: Arianna Matthews

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A sport in which participants climb up an artificial rock wall. Physically & mentally demanding Strength, agility, endurance, balance and mental control Requires Indoor Rock Climbing

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Past, Present & Theories History

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How it all started =411231

Mount blanc:

Mount blanc Launch surprise attacks on enemy troops Quests for spiritual enlightenment Occasionally for enjoyment Mountaineering

According to the British Mountaineering Council:

According to the British Mountaineering Council Mountaineering To RockClimbing

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1960s- Artificial & indoor climbing walls manufactured in Europe (Kurten, 1). 1987- Opening of first climbing gym in United States, the Vertical Club in Seattle (Perkins, 2). Indoor Rock Climbing

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More women are participating than in previous generations; however men still dominate the sport of rock climbing. (Participation Statistics). Today

Why more women do not participate:

Why more women do not participate Upper body STRENGTH needed and women believe they are lacking in this area. “Women don’t sweat, they glisten.” > SWEATING is unattractive for women >may STINK , also not appealing for a lady Theories

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Rec3202 Recreation and Leisure Relationship to Class

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Women were perceived as the weaker sex based on biological structure (Both Gains and Gaps, 31 ) . “Physical activities connoted vigor while the ideal woman was supposed to be delicate” (Both Gains and Gaps, 31-32). Bax (1913) believed women shouldn’t pursue physical leisure experiences because they were physiologically less well-organized & less well-developed than men and were mentally inferior” (Both Gains and Gaps, 34). The Victorian Ideal

Why Rock Climbing is Traditionally Associated with Men :

Why Rock Climbing is Traditionally Associated with Men Generation after generation are taught certain activities are for boys and others are for girls. “Quite a few women and girls climb. Though they seldom have the strength or desire to be rope leaders they take their place as team members with the same joys and obligations as their male companions” (Mendenhall, 12) . “Girls and boys tend to learn & enjoy different activities at an early age” (Both Gains and Gaps, 181) .

How Society Views Women in Sports:

How Society Views Women in Sports Graceful and pretty Feminine appeal Good rock climbing based on good walking, putting weight on the feet & moving with rhythm (Evans, 56). “For female athletes, a focus on the sex appeal of an individual's body not only leads to greater recognition, but also an occasion to earn more money and build a career that extends beyond that of sportswoman” ( Jurban ).

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I will definitely be rock climbing again! Reflection

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That’s me! My Experience January 29, 2011 2295 Harrison Street San Francisco Mind Over Matter


BELAYING process of securing & safeguarding a climber by using a rope & belay device to hold climber’s weight if he or she falls Very important!

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scared empowered strong anxious doubtful overjoyed athletic

What Insights into leisure for your gender and the opposite Gender were gained?:

What Insights into leisure for your gender and the opposite Gender were gained? I did not expect to see a lot of women but I was happily surprised to see female instructors as well as many female participants. Simply because we have been taught certain leisure activities are associated with a specific gender should not deter us from trying them. Reflecting

My First Official Climb! (after training):

My First Official Climb! (after training)


References British Mountaineering Council. “Participation Statistics.” 23 Sept. 2003. <>. 13 Feb. 2011 Evans, Charles. On Climbing . Woodstock: The Countryman Press, 1956. Henderson, Karla, et al. Both Gains and Gaps. State College: Venture Publishing Inc., 1996. Jurban , Helen. “Cult of the Body Beautiful (Women’s Sex Appeal)”. Iris: A Journal About Women . 22 Sept. 2005. <http:// = courses&url =/bin/common/ =_177268_1&frame=top>. Kurten, Jason. “The Future of Indoor Rock Climbing: A White Paper”. <>. Mendenhall, John & Ruth. Introduction to Rock & Mountain Climbing . Harrisburg: Stackpole Books, 1969. Morva , Thomas. “History of Rock Climbing”. [email protected] . 8 Jan. 2007. < =411231>. Perkins, Matt. “Rock Climbing Ethics: A Historical Perspective”. Northwest Mountaineeing Journal . Issue 2 2005. <>. <>. Rosen, Bruce. “ Ladies on High; Victorian Women Mountaineers”. Vitorian History. 7 Oct. 2010. .

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