martynda wrote:Handsome B Wonderful wrote:I think calling mountaineering a "sport" belittles it by pigeon holing it in with "sports" like baseball, tennis, and golf. Not that there is anything wrong with those, but to lump a spectacular achievement like Rolando Garibottiâ€™s Torre Traverse in with a little game like the 2009 Australian Open Men's Final (as great of a match as that was) just seems wrong to me.
Errmm.... have you ever played tennis beyond hitting the ball underhanded over a net for 5 minutes and calling it quits? Tennis is as much as sport as basketball or football or anything else but has a much bigger mental element thrown in with all the physical and skill stuff. Sure, you don't get hit by a 300lb guy, but you have to sprint and change directions for hours at a time which is very hard on your body. There is a MASSIVE difference between an group of old ladies playing doubles on the weekend and 4.5+ level players in terms of how much of a "sport" it is. It's like equating a 1 mile hike in along the foothills to climbing an 8000m peak.
Yes. I played varsity tennis for a 5A high school for 3 years. I am familiar with the mental and physical elements of the sport. I appreciate good tennis as much as the next guy. However, I maintain that IMHO a true mountaineering achievement like Rolando Garibottiâ€™s Torre Traverse transcends a mere sporting victory like Nadal's victory earlier this week in the Australian Open.
You won't be able to convince me otherwise, so don't bother trying. I'm just throwing my $0.02 out there. You may take it or leave it.