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Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by whatahutch » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:12 pm

I was asked a question the other day that I have no answer for. I am sure there are a couple guys and gals that have been around for a couple decades in the Louisville climbing area that could give me a better answer though. So help me out people; how many climbers, whether they are just casual or dedicated, in the Louisville area? My guess was a rough 500 to 600 or so. That is an abysmally low amount for a city of 750,000, but 500 to 600 is what I could offer. Anyone else got a better guess?
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Re: Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by KD » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:36 pm

it's been a while since Ive been part of the social scene but probably around 500. that might ba a bit high.

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Re: Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by krampus » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:46 pm

No more than 100 who climb with any regularity. possibly more if you count the one timers at rocksport
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Re: Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by kafish2 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:56 pm

I would think there are much less than 500 people in louisville that have a membership to either of the two gyms (although I think the 100 people in Krampus' estimate is low). Having worked at the largest gym in Louisville and being one of the main setters at the other I would guess more around 150-175 people in Louisville would have a gym membership at the current time between both gyms (this is just a best guess of course as I currently work at neither gym). I would think gym membership would be a good indication of people that define themselves as a climber.

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Re: Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by whatahutch » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:27 pm

So if Kyle is correct with a core of 150(ish), what is the "fringe" or the "outside" count. By that I mean the people that climb either indoors or out 1 to 2 times a year, or maybe have their own wall and aren't part of the scene. Does 500 sound about right then?
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Re: Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by krampus » Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:57 am

If saying yes will talk you into building a new gym close to downtown that occasionally refreshes their routs, then yes, I'd say its closer to 1000.
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Re: Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by krampus » Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:59 am

Honestly, I could easily see 500 different people entering into one of the two gyms a year, even if its just once. More if you count birthday parties. But I have never worked in the gyms and my training regime is not so consistent anymore.
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Re: Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by der uber » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:00 am

krampus wrote:If saying yes will talk you into building a new gym close to downtown that occasionally refreshes their routs, then yes, I'd say its closer to 1000.
Let's err on the safe side and say it's about 5000.

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Re: Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by toad857 » Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:20 am

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Re: Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by KD » Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:14 am

The correct number according to my accurate demographic information is 137. Adjusted for the accountability timeline index it is 3, 228. When also adjusted for the geographic movement and market share indexes it 522. Thus there are exactly 137 climbers in the Louisville area or 3000.

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Re: Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by whatahutch » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:35 pm

Thanks for your help people. I have a better answer now. Sounds like we need more than just a new gym in Louisville (nothing against the other two), but a bigger, growing climbing community. Our state contains one of the top five climbing areas in the whole world, and not many of the Louisville (or Kentucky) natives know that. I am confident that any climbing related business in Louisville (Quest, Derby City Climbing, Hester's, Rock Sport, etc.) would appreciate more climbers in the area. Louisville doesn't just need a new gym, it needs to know about the gem, the splendor, THEIR Red River Gorge.
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Re: Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by krampus » Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:52 pm

Whatahutch, if there was a gym that was more easily accessable than Hesters that also promoted a climbing community. It would thrive, and the community would grow.
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Re: Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by KD » Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:32 am

whats wrong with Rob's gym?

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Re: Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by krampus » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:40 am

KD wrote:whats wrong with Rob's gym?
Rob's gym is great. If you do not frequent it very often you might get to enjoy a new rout or two. As much as I like Rob, and think he has an amazing space, the gym is not very conducive for training beyond 5.11. That being said, I do go there more often out of convenience and location to my work.
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Re: Climbers in Louisville Area

Post by pigsteak » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:53 am

whatahutch wrote:Thanks for your help people. I have a better answer now. Sounds like we need more than just a new gym in Louisville (nothing against the other two), but a bigger, growing climbing community. Our state contains one of the top five climbing areas in the whole world, and not many of the Louisville (or Kentucky) natives know that. I am confident that any climbing related business in Louisville (Quest, Derby City Climbing, Hester's, Rock Sport, etc.) would appreciate more climbers in the area. Louisville doesn't just need a new gym, it needs to know about the gem, the splendor, THEIR Red River Gorge.
actually, crowds are already a problem down here;) please build a bigger gym and keep them inside.
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