The title pretty much says it all. I've always just thought of indoor climbing as a subset of climbing, which is an outdoor sport (and I know nothing about either one). But is it legitimate here?
I think if a sport/hobby has both an indoor and outdoor equivalent then questions about the indoor aspect make sense here. The one additional item that should be added would be that the sport/hobby takes place in nature, not just outside, and I recognize that's open to interpretation.
I guess I would say that questions about indoor basketball are not appropriate even though you can play basketball outside, it's not a sport/hobby that has anything to do with nature.
Climbing, which has an indoor component, is a very nature influenced outdoor sport, so I think that is appropriate.
If indoor climbing will indeed be allowed then I think the 'about' should be changed. Currently outdoors.se/about has the following "Don't ask abouts":
- Anything not directly related to outdoor activities
- Questions that are primarily opinion-based
- Questions with too many possible answers or that would require an extremely long answer
You can argue that indoor climbing is related to outdoor activities (as @JustinC has nicely done in his answer), but it is definitely not directly related so keeping this will create confusion.
We don't want to duplicate effort, but I agree - it may be appropriate for some questions.
I think the particular question we do have here on Outdoors is probably best served over on Sport if it stays as it is.
This an old question, but just for the record -
I'd recommend that an "indoor climbing" question be off topic here only if it was narrowly focused on something that was non-applicable to outdoor climbing. For instance, the rules and scoring system of climbing competitions, or competition results. Otherwise, the questions would be appropriate here.
If a beginning indoor climber wanted to ask a basic question that applied to both indoor and outdoor climbing (for instance, questions about knots, belaying, toproping, climbing shoes) I don't see any reason to push that to the sports stackexchange.
At least in the US, climbing gyms are how most people (even outdoor climbers) begin climbing. A beginner's experience at a climbing gym will be largely similar to climbing at a toproping cliff, only with higher levels of institutionalized safety.