|Tricksters & Traditionalists Revisited: 2006|
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Climbing Styles Revisited:
When I wrote "Tricksters and Traditionalists" in 1984,1 climbing styles loomed so large and burning climbers first nearly came to blows over it in a Tuolumne parking lot. Erasing routes began. The Tuolumne guidebook featured multiple pages on contending styles of the day.
Now, with commonplace route working bouldering style, tension rests, bolts placed from above or on hooks, sport style seemingly ended the tension between traditional and all that wasn't. In fact, climbers calling themselves traditionalists, new or old, climb and enjoy plenty of sport routes. Isn't the style debate of yesteryear dead?
After twenty years, don't climbers deserve better? What can be learned? What might bring calm and resolution? What follows isn't an old traditionalist's rant, but a search for settlement.