Hotoven wrote:Only 30 votes in all? Kind of sad if you ask me. I would expect more participation in such a fun poll.
Total number of climbers is drastically decreasing. Few young people are into climbing. Sport climbing is fine, but try to get them to go alpine climbing? Good luck. They are more interested in texting nothing back and forth than actually seeing something new and interesting. That and most see a single mosquito and its the end of the world... That and they have been brought up to believe that everything is dangerous and its better to not start or learn anything because one might fail or be hurt than to try.
Look at the total number of visits to national parks. Especially not one of the major national parks. Going down down down. The major parks are still there numbers wise, but if you have been to one recently it seems half are foreign visitors. Since value of the Dollar is decreasing this allows more foreign visitors. Thus the major, parks, Zion, Yosemite, Glacier, Ranier, Grand Canyon still have high numbers, but total number of backpackers/climbers has dropped drastically. Look at what places like REI are selling now. Packs? A few, mostly city "outdoors" clothes along with bicycles. Go to a campground that is not a major weekend like Memorial day or labor day and they are nearly empty even during high summer time. My parents used to take us kids car camping and backpacking nearly every weekend in the summer and all the campgrounds were always full making finding a spot rather difficult. Now? don't even need to worry about it unless its the 3 major weekends of the year. Park usage inside city limits seems to be just as high though. Unless some idiot states charge $10 to get in. As soon as they did that their numbers dropped 50%. Probably also why fewer are backpacking when there is yet one more stupid thing to pay and worry about instead of just throwing stuff in the car and going.