Effects of a Guidebook

How will the guidebook affect the experience of climbing at black? We've often wondered about overwhelming crowds, but generally think that the area is large enough (and dispersed enough) to accommodate the people.

After reading this thoughtful post on the changing climbing experience in Leavenworth that goes along with increased traffic, we realize how little we can predict that way the Black Mountain guide will change the culture there.

There are always consequences that are unexpected, such as the introduction of genuine assholes to the mountain. Not that there aren't assholes on the mountain already (they're everywhere, after all), but they are few and far between. Since meeting a single asshole is often enough to change the trajectory of an entire day, "more assholes" has an effect that can exceed that of merely "more people."

What do y'all think?

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