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Why The Sport Of Mountain Climbing Is Heading Downhill

People these days demand trails that are easily mappable online, and don't want to have to wait for optimal conditions. No time left in modern life for venturing into the unknown?

Going down from here?
Going down from here?
Stéphane Herzog

GENEVA — Mountaineering can be a slow pursuit, one that requires hours of planning, maybe even weeks of waiting for just the right weather conditions to finally scale that long-coveted peak. Perhaps that basic requisite of patience is the reason the classic outdoor activity is gradually losing ground to faster, less time-consuming alternatives such as trail running or mountain biking.

Bernard Wietlisbach, a well-known outdoorsman in Geneva and head of the Cactus Sports store, has been observing these changes since 1986, when he founded his small business in a garage. "The shift is societal," he says. "We want everything right away. People aren't prepared to wait for good conditions to set off. A kind of laziness has appeared, a refusal of uncertainty and the possibility of failure."

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Emma Albright and Meike Eijsberg

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Welcome to Thursday, where Russian troops have unleashed an all-out assault on the strategic city of Severodonetsk, Ukraine’s president lashes out at Henry Kissinger for “Munich” stance and the writer of a notable “How to” essay is convicted of murder. We also look at how the plague of school shootings is not exclusive to the United States.

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