By MATT COMBS
BECKLEY, W.Va. — According to a recently released study, rock climbing brings in more than $12 million in estimated direct spending by non-local climbers to Fayette, Nicholas and Raleigh counties per year.
The study, “The Economic Impact of Rock Climbing in the New River Gorge Region,” was completed by a team from Eastern Kentucky University, Wofford College and a Ph.D. candidate from Virginia Tech between May and November 2018 at the recommendation of the New River Alliance of Climbers (NRAC) and the Access Fund.
Along with the more than $12 million in direct spending, the study estimated that climbing supported 168 jobs and $6.3 million in wages in the three counties, along with an additional $2 million in spending inside West Virginia but outside the study area each year.
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