climb2core wrote: Seems to be two emerging philosophies:
1.) Be personally aware and responsible and let people organically figure out how to manage...
2.) Be personally aware and responsible and try to figure some ethics that we can agree upon that will help reduce...
climb2core wrote: The intent of this initiative was to find some common ground in the middle that would leave us all safer...
I think a common ground is very attainable and seems to have already been layed out in front of us:
-BE PERSONALLY AWARE AND RESPONSIBLE-
-I to am a NOLS graduate and am a big advocate of all Leave No Trace Policies.
That may be one of the reasons I find traditional climbing to be so appealing.
I do however understand the issues with steep routes, where fixed gear would be of benefit.
That being said, fixed gear is not always a neccesity, but most certainly a luxury.
-In my opinion (which holds little to no value) climbing is never a safe sport.
One can never climb safe. One can however climb smart.
And for me climbing smart means not only inspecting my rope,
but also inspecting all gear that comes in to contact with my rope...
Whether that gear be personal gear, someone's project draws, or a perma-draw...
When I clip gear it is my responsiblility to inspect and determine whether it is wise or not to use.
BE PERSONALLY AWARE AND RESPONSIBLE.
I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR ME, PERIOD.