The perception of plenitude in sustainable climbing: Body ecology for an ethics of care

Research papers
By Ana Cristina Zimmermann, Eric Sioji Ito, Soraia Chung Saura

In various bodily practices, it is common for individuals to describe a feeling of plenitude often associated with the perception of feeling alive. This article explores this feeling from the perspective of body ecology. It examines experiences of outdoor sports, especially climbing and its different ways of relating to the environment. What perceptions do practitioners describe? There seems to be a way of establishing a dialogue with the environment that helps us update our relationships, with greater attention to the consequences of our actions. Listening to nature seems to awaken a feeling of humility and opens up the possibility of understanding the vitality of the body with the environment. The perception of vitality helps broaden reflections on the sustainable ethics of care for others, the environment, and ourselves.

  • plenitude
  • climbing
  • body ecology
  • ethics of care
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