US Climber Survey

1. How long have you been climbing?
2. Approximately how many days during the last 12 months did you participate in the following types of climbing?
3. In your opinion, what are the top three issues and/or challenges facing climbers today?
4. In your opinion, what are three things that a national climbing organization could do to make a positive impact on climbing in the United States?
5. The following are possible areas that a national climbing organization might focus on in the future. If you gave $100 to that organization, how much of that $100 would you prefer be spent in each of the following areas? Total must equal $100.
6. How would you rate each of the following needs for climbers today?
1 - Not a need2345 - Major need
More respect for each other among climbers at climbing areas
Improved safety information, training, education
A way to get info and support from knowledgeable locals when traveling
Better facilities at popular climbing areas (trails, parking, toilets, etc.)
More access to climbing areas on private land
Better options for Rescue Insurance
Better options for travel Insurance
A reliable way to find safe, experienced climbing partners
More support for each other among climbers
Better route information
Better options for accident medical insurance
Advocacy to protect climbing on public lands
Better camping, lodging near iconic climbing areas.
7. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about climbing safety?
1 - Strongly Disagree2345 - Strongly Agree
I am concerned about some of the unsafe things I see other climbers doing.
There is a need for more safety information, instruction, and training for climbers
8. Which of the following resources have you used to learn about safe climbing practices? (Select all that apply).
9. How would you rate the quality of safety information and/or training provided by each of the following resources?
1 - Very Poor2345 - Very goodno opinion
Other climbers (friends, family, etc.)
Magazines
Classes or clinics
Guides
Books
Climbing websites
National Climbing Clubs
Regional/local climbing clubs
College climbing clubs
Climbing gyms
10. Which of the following do you think are most important for newer climbers to know more about? (Select up to three).
11. Which of the following do you personally want to know more about? (Select up to three).
12. What would be your preferred way to learn about the subjects in the previous question (#11)?
13. The following are possible benefits that a national climbing organization might offer climbers. How valuable would each of these benefits be to you?
1 - Not at all valuable2345 - Very valuable
Providing on-line safety videos and tutorials prepared and vetted by experts
Publishing information about the latest gear and safety testing both from the U.S. and Europe
Offering low-cost or free clinics and classes on climbing safety and techniques around the country
Facilitating connections with very experienced climbers willing to be mentors to help newer climbers advance
Working to promote good climbing ethics and style
Working to promote safe bolting practices
Supporting local organizations with bolt and anchor replacement
Advocating for all climbers to learn safe practices
Improving the quality and consistency of safety practices taught throughout the climbing community
Providing a system to help climbers find safe, reliable climbing partners
14. In the past 12 months, how many times have you traveled (requiring at least one overnight stay) for climbing?
15. Which of the following challenges have you faced when traveling for climbing? (Select all that apply)
16. The following are possible benefits that a national organization might offer for traveling climbers. How valuable would each of these benefits be to you
1 - Not at all valuable2345 - Very valuable
Contact info (email, phone) for local climbers willing to provide pre-trip help with planning.
Contact info for local climbers willing to host visiting climbers at their home.
Contact info for local climbers willing to help with local information once you arrive.
Contact info for experienced local climbers interested in climbing with visitors
Help finding obscure classics, off the main track crags, mountains, etc.
Travel insurance to cover the expense of a trip cancelled for medical reasons
Ability to borrow guidebooks for the areas you are going to
17. The following are possible benefits that a national climbing organization might offer climbers. How valuable would each of these benefits be to you?
1 - Not at all valuable2345 - Very valuable
Access to free email and/or telephone consultation with doctors who understand climbers' health and injury issues.
Access to climber friendly accident medical insurance.
Access to affordable travel insurance (cancelled trips, lost baggage, etc.)
Insurance that covers lost gear and equipment as the result of a climbing accident
Access to climber friendly health insurance.
18. Have you ever heard of the American Alpine Club?
19. Have you ever been a member of the American Alpine Club?
20. If you are a former member, Why are you no longer a member of the American Alpine Club?
21. Have you ever considered joining the American Alpine Club?
22. If you considered joining but did not, why did you decide not to join?
23. If you have never considered joining, why not?
24. Based on what you know about the American Alpine Club, to what extent do you agree or disagree with the following descriptions of the AAC?
1 - Strongly disagree2345 - Strongly agreeNo opinion
Out of touch with modern climbing.
An organization for climbers of all skill levels
An organization for climbers of all types( sport, bouldering, trad, etc.)
Only for elite alpinists and mountaineers
Important to the climbing community
A good source for current climbing information.
A good source for climbing history.
25. The following are benefits currently offered by the American Alpine Club for members. How valuable would each of these be to you?
1 - Not at all valuable2345 - very valuable
Domestic rescue benefit
International rescue service
Access to free library of climbing books and films (either in-person or by mail)
Annual copies of the American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering
Connection to the AAC's information resources online (publications, historical archives, book search)
Lodging discounts near popular climbing areas
Discounts on gear, guides, gyms, magazine subscriptions, etc.
Discounts on climber friendly insurance plans (health, life, travel)
Opportunities to apply for grants awarded annually to cutting-edge climbing projects
Opportunities to apply for grants awarded annually to climbers of all types and ability levels
Opportunities for local climbing organizations to apply for grants awarded annually for conservation
Local and regional climbing events and social gatherings
26. The American Alpine Club has three campgrounds/hostels currently open (Teton Climbers Ranch, Hueco Rock Ranch, New River Gorge Campground, a fourth about to begin construction (the Gunks), and plans to open more.

In your opinion, what are the top three places we should be looking at?
27. What state do you live in?
28. Gender
29. How old are you?
30. Thank you for taking this time. Your input is incredibly important!
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