Letter To Summit

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I believe it is important that climbers have some agreements about climbing styles, and that they abide by these agreements. I don't think it is or should be "easy" to "trammel" the climbing tradition of an area. I don't think the choice of climbing styles is strictly personal for "better or for worse," consequences be damned. I regret any climber believes these things, and regret still more Roger's philosophy has been given credence by publication in a respected climbing magazine. I only hope Roger doesn't represent the philosophy of very many climbers, though my hope may be in vain. As Roger says, "Higgins argues one point of view while the climbing community seems to implicitly argue another." Alas, this may be the only accurate statement in his entire review.

SUMMIT, Jan. - Feb., 1985