Wednesday, September 1, 2010

How Many People Do That?

Here’s a survey by the Outdoor Industry Association of the number of people who participate in various sports. I was a little surprised to see the numbers they estimate for climbing. I didn’t realize they were so high. They break climbing into:

Traditional/Ice/Mountaineering with 2.25 million people participating in 2008

Sport/Indoor/Bouldering with 4.8 million participating in 2008

Other numbers from 2009 report:

Whitewater kayaking - 1.1 million

Backpacking more than 1/4 mile from vehicle - 7.8 million

Summary report here. Full report here.

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