We ALL should be practicing what we preach and gently passing on to those new to the outdoors, or those who may need a friendly reminder, the core messages in the following Access Fund initiatives. I realize we all may not agree on every point in The Pact or how to behave at the crag, but these three pieces are good, non-confrontational starting points.
This has all been said before. Hell, print them and hand them out at the crag if you really want to educate people...
Ask yourself if you are following these?
5 TIPS FOR CLIMBING IN GROUPS
https://www.accessfund.org/take-action/ ... o-the-pactRolling six deep to the crag this weekend? Before you head out, know that climbing in large groups can have a much greater environmental and social impact than climbing in pairs. If you must climb in a large group, follow these 5 tips to minimize your impact:
Carpool - Instead of meeting up at the crag where parking is limited, grab some extra time with your climbing partners by carpooling to minimize your impact.
Get organized - Plan ahead to avoid bringing unnecessary gear and pads that will clutter up the base of the climb, causing erosion and crushed vegetation. Keep your gear organized and place it on durable surfaces, never on plants or roots.
Share the love - Be respectful of other visitors and don’t bogart an entire area by hanging ropes and blocking travel lanes. Forcing people to walk around your group causes social trails and erosion. Once you’re done with a climb, pull your rope and move on.
Keep it tight - We all love to watch someone in our crew send, but the landscape around most crags and boulders is sensitive and should be left untrampled. If you’re on the ground watching, stay in the staging area so that you’re not spreading your impact.
Be an upstander, not a bystander - Social science proves that when people witness others practicing minimum impact behavior they are more likely to follow suit. This becomes especially important for large groups. Step up and lead by example--leave the least impact possible.
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