This course explores the history of rock climbing from a geographical and anthropological standpoint. In a sport where the challenge is elected and often contrived, we aim to answer the question of why we are so compelled to climb rocks. From the earliest evidence of mountaineering to modern bouldering ethics, we will uncover the history of climbing with an emphasis on the 1950’s and onwards. A lab component will attempt to transplant the theory and history covered in class to gym and outdoor applications.
Classes will consist largely of discussions and presentations by instructors and guests. Thoughtful participation in discussion is an essential part of learning and, hence, of evaluating your work. We will have short weekly responses to videos/articles and a final project that will bring together much of what you learn in the course. Stoke is required for this course
|Rock Climbing Section 1
|Jordan Schultz and Ace Landauer
|Rock Climbing Section 2
|Colin Wills and Greta Mixon