It would appear that rock climbing is a somewhat formal event in Iowa. Maybe it was considered a "gentleman's sport".
It would be nearly a century before the concept of "casual Friday" would emerge. Some would not consider that development "progress."
"Herbert, do you have your pick for today's exploration?""Oh Charles, I've long-awaited our caving jaunt throughout the long week, but first, I must don my tie. Do wait in the parlor while I have the misses fetch it.""Good show, old fellow! Make sure it's the gem with the red stripes."
"We'll leave the women back at the farm, on the woodpile..."
"Had I the forthought to don my smoker in exchange for this derby, I perchance fashion a lengh of rubber to mine skank and jump."
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