Lowther Alex. (December 2011). On ledge and online: solitary sport turns social. The New York Times.
This article presented different opinions about live coverage of climbing via social networking sites. Using social media for recording hard adventures, like climbing, eliminates “sense of being alone.” Climbing is no more a solitary activity. Some people think that it enhances the experience. Others opined that impressing people while climbing would further increase the dangers.
I think that the live coverage has consequences. If an activity draws audience, it interests to business community. Money comes in. The activity becomes commercial. All types of competition creep. Sponsorships flow. However, does climbing fit the club of spectators’ sports?