Jenn Fields has attempted to provide a voice for the “outdoorsy” culture of Boulder. In my view, her use of the made-up adjective “outdoorsy” speaks volumes. She is attempting a form of justified snobbery on the subject of indoor climbing. Not only is this not an outdoor activity but snobbery is always indecent and never justified. Fields claims to be passionate about climbing and her love for this climbing community. If this is true it makes no sense for her to represent us poorly when climbing in other cities. It is often times humorous to point out how petty climbers can be and to some extent her story is funny, however, in the end her reaction to a gym that has silly rules that she is too much of an outlaw to follow is a bit ridiculous. Climbing is supposed to be fun, not a contest between climbers, gyms, belay devices or cities. She claims that lead climbing with a rope is her preference, but instead opts for the bouldering wall, “even though I had three belay devices in my bag and a rope”. This is the epitome of an over inflated self image and leads to her misanthropic reaction to the climbing scene in St. Louis. Fields wants so bad to be an “outlaw”. Her highfalutin standard is to use a Grigri indoors. In reality, nothing is more safely and securely within the rules. She can’t be a snob if she is at the same station as everyone else. When this kind of behavior prevails we will be well on our way toward becoming a parody of our own identity. Maybe we have already arrived.
I took out what I considered to be the personal attacks and the most insulting remarks. I was dissatisfied with her behavior and the sentiments she expressed and I want my letter to reflect this. Edit as you need to.