A Climber’s Paradise
Sasha travels to the remote island of Makatea in French Polynesia to learn about the island's unique history and see how establishing a world-class climbing destination could help create a new local economy. For years, phosphates mining took the rock away from this once pristine island. The remaining scars are a vivid reminder of the island's former destructive economy. Sasha and local climbers discuss how increased adventure tourism specific to climbing might help revitalize the local economy and deter a return to mining that is once again being considered.