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As climbers, we know that our sport is historically “counter culture.” Since the days of Camp 4, there has been a culture of drug use, and it still exists today. We have all seen it—maybe you take part in it, or choose not to. That’s your prerogative.

While many climbers have accounts of joints at the campfire or crag, do we we really know the numbers and specifics behind drug use in climbing? Or how the climbing community as a whole truly feels about drug use?

There are all sorts of unanswered questions that we are trying to pursue with a new study. Is drug use higher among boulderers, sport climbers, trad climbers or alpinists? Are there correlations with strength, or time spent climbing outside? Do climbers prefer their belayers or spotters to be entirely sober, or is it okay for them to be slightly under the influence? Has the recent legalization of marijuana impacted our outlook and decisions to use or abstain?

We at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine have decided that it is high time to find out the answers to these questions.

We have created a follow up to an original TrainingBeta survey that is completely anonymous. For the love of science, please participate!

If you are 18 or older and are interested in participating, click here to complete the survey now!


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