Peter Beal discusses his concerns about significant growth in climbing and what it mean might for the quality and safety of gear. In other words, as I understand him, if climbing grows very large, it will appeal to the big manufacturers and marketers of sporting gear. And could lead to knockoffs and a diminution in quality.
“Many people whom I talk with in the climbing industry feel bullish about the prospects of continued substantial growth in climbing. Business plans for new gyms, new companies, and so on are being written in anticipation of better economic climate and a higher profile for climbing.”