This time I am quoting DPM with the intention of praising them, mostly anyway. In a story titled "2010 Winter OR / SCS Open Championships" the writer says the following:
"This year’s trade show saw industry wide team consolidations (read: Cuts). This movement has been largely overdue. The term “pro” has been diluted in the sport of climbing with some companies having 300 or more athletes representing them in the United States alone. This presented a logistical nightmare for team managers, allowing athletes to act without consequence.
In an obvious backlash, the industry finally moved as a cohesive group to reign in their pro ranks, choosing only the athletes that they felt demonstrated their worth in the previous season. Unfortunately for some athletes, this change meant they were left without a sponsor or were forced to find another.
In several cases, especially for the women within our sport, their desire to be paid equally to the men resulted in their dismissal from the team roster. (My emphasis--PB)Unjust as it may be, there does seem to be some level of sexist inequality within the sport of climbing, especially when it comes to sponsorship salaries."
Good for DPM for at least broaching the topic. I wish they had named names, not least because I would like to know whose gear to avoid buying in the future...I wish the author had not remained anonymous as the story would have a bit more punch/credibility with a byline.
I would be happy to explore this topic further. Any athletes who want to comment confidentially on this situation please feel free to contact me via email.