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Rock climbing just keeps getting sexier.

Sara Lingafelter
Sara Lingafelter
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In June, I wrote a post about a study I read about in a self-help book.  The study found that women find men who climb attractive.  I’d say, more accurately — women find the idea of men who climb attractive… since I’d assume fairly few of the respondents actually have first hand experience with real, live, homo climberecticus.

The study was picked up on about.com (albeit, without attribution to my post… I suppose it’s entirely possible that Stewart and I happened to read the same self-help book within a few weeks of each other).  Stewart’s post spawned a 107 message (so far) thread on supertopo.com.  My post, and Stewart’s, have been “borrowed and improved” in nearly whole cloth by other bloggers around the interwebz.  I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Next, the study was picked up by ClimbingNarc.com in a conversation-starting post about whether the sport is getting “too sexy,” after Alex Johnson gave her thoughtful take on the “scantily-clad girls” at a recent bouldering competition in a post on her Dead Point Magazine blog.

Today, the whole thing got noticed by the team at the Backcountry.com blog, with another post on the topic.

I guess, as one commenter observed way back when I initially posted (unfortunately, those early comments seem to be the victim of my recent blog migration… so I think I remember who it was, but I’m not 100% sure)…

sex sells.

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Sara Lingafelter

Sara (Grace) Lingafelter takes steps forward and backward toward a right-sized life on a daily basis.