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This thesis seeks to illuminate the unique form in which rock climbing is practiced. By focusing on the language of the sport, I illustrate the telluric properties of the jargon and emphasize the prodigious materiality in the language. I show that the arena in which climbing happens is an open and public space which is formed and preserved by the recollection and sharing of words: words to describe technique and location; words which name and qualify. This first part is titled “Cities of Words and Chalk” in homage to the writing of Ludwig Wittgenstiein. Alongside Wittgenstien I draw heavily on the writing of Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault. Following the account of how climbing crags form and persevere I perform a more creative and playful ascent into the existential, quixotic and ironic mien of the sport. I include anecdotes and quotations from Chuang Tzu among others. This thesis depicts the crag as a locality that houses a community replete with idiosyncratic language, stories and ethics.
Iandoli, Luke, "Bodies Doing Weird Things On Rock" (2023). Senior Theses. 1640.
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