My name is Daniel Mirsky. I am a student at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs. I am writing you in regards to my senior thesis project for my Economics Major. I am writing a thesis about the value of rock climbing.
This is purely an academic research project -all information I collect will be kept confidential and will not be used for commercial purposes. I am not affiliated with any other organizations or companies.
This is an important study for anyone who values the outdoors and especially access to climbing areas. Knowing an accurate economic value for the climbing experience is important to organizations like the Access Fund as well as the National Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management when making decisions on access to climbing areas as well as structuring land management plans. Also, by determining an economic value for climbing in the outdoors, we the climbers have a viable way of protecting our climbing areas that can be understood by politicians and policy makers.
Specifically I am writing about the value of climbing in the outdoors to climbers themselves. For this project to be successful I need to collect data from active climbers. To do this I have developed a survey (there is a hyperlink to the survey at the end of this letter). Since it is now winter and all our favorite climbing spots are covered in now and ice the best opportunity I have to get this survey out to the climbing community is through the climbing web sites that we all frequent when we can't be outside actually climbing. Go to the survey!