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June 5, 2007

Are most climbers engineers??

Filed under: Uncategorized — joannestamplis @ 4:05 pm

Based on our network of friends who are climbers, I realized that there are a lot of engineers who are climbers. I’m not sure is it because of our location such that many climbers are engineers or the fact that engineers are attracted to climbing for a specific reason. So, I’ve decided to conduct a long term investigation on this. On the side of this website, you’ll find a link to a poll. If you are climber, please take the poll. And I also plan on bringing a notebook with me from now onward such that whoever I met, I will write down what they do for a living. Maybe if I go to enough places and meet enough people, I will get a more conclusive answer.



  1. Joanne and Matt,
    Somewhere I have lying around a book called “Mountain Experience” and it’s a sociological study of mountaineering and mountaineers. The author had access to a survey of mountain climbers from the USA. 31% of them were self-reported engineers, compared to 1.6% of the total US population. Another 5% or so were mathematicians, aerospace designers, etc. So I think you are on to something.

    Comment by Jill — July 19, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

  2. That’s really interesting. In our Baker climb, I want to say that at least 50% of the party are engineers too. Somehow I’m trying to understand what seem to attract engineers to mountaineering. Must have something to do with the thought process of problem solving.

    Comment by joannestamplis — July 19, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

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