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Eternal September

posted Apr 19, 2018, 2:17 PM by Ken Goodman   [ updated Apr 21, 2018, 7:49 AM ]

In the early days of the Internet, there was a common culture. An etiquette that users understood and respected. Each September, college freshman would flood the forums with bad manners, but would eventually be taught to respect social norms. In September of 1993, a massive influx of users from AOL permanently overwhelmed the early Internet culture, leaving us with the the tide pod challenge.



Outdoor climbing experienced a similar phenomenon with the rise of bouldering gyms. Climbing began as a lifestyle pursued by dedicated enthusiasts. The bouldering we take for granted was established by the efforts of a tiny number of motivated individuals. It the early days, even finding the boulders was a challenge. Beta was shared peer to peer in close knit communities.


Climbers come out of the gym with strong fingers and stronger entitlement. With the rise of mega gyms and competition climbing, bouldering areas around the world have been overwhelmed and access is in serious jeopardy in nearly every major climbing destination.


In 2018, the response to destroying a three-star classic is to shop a vanity selfie for Instagram likes.



Ghislain took down his website documenting the early history of climbing in Nova Scotia explaining “I’ve lost touch with the local community”. I understand the sentiment, but you may as well get mad at the sun for setting.


September is here.

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