Wow that's a beautiful photo Dave.
Looks like a "Yes" album cover minus the mushrooms and goblins of course.
Makes me want to hit it with white gas and a wire brush. HA
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If I see a slabb covered in thick green moss I simply don't even consider turning it into a summer rock climb.
The old letting the rope slip bullshit was from Ed Leeper. he originally made hangers and hooks and pins. Ed was convinced that everything was gonna rip out so you let the rope slip some to soften the catch Sound familiar ?
Same as larry Penberthy who started MSR safest guy in the mountains..40lbs for a day trip.
never had any issue with bare hands or hip belays, but then again, i own a stich plate.
You know how to spot a guide ? He's the one with ALL the gear that the shop pro-dealed him ... ALL of it
us old guys still can make it happen!!!!And sometimes by accident!
Just not as often Al.
What about scrubbing moss & lichen to open up climbs LL? Is that ethically OK? You would be happy to know Gypsie's last pitch was recently cleaned. Looks awesome.
I think that the article do not consider that any animal, the human, have an impact on his ecosystem. Human need outside activites and climbing is one of them. In some places, like rumney, it is possible to construct a micro habitat for sport climber. In some other places, leave no trace is the best. At cathedral, there was a lot of visitor coming to see the climber and to touch the rock. As they go to cathedral lot of them didn't destroy other more fragil habitat to find a point of interest. I think that cathedral is a transition places between citizen and those who want activities in forest. For that reason, the activity most stay like what we found at pinacle ridge, but with ethic to protect the environment.
I am for the protection of the three and diversity in the cliff as it is part of the beauty of climbing...
In other way, I am for management of the land. cutting the branches of the tree in a way that people can see the cliff and the climber could be a very good idea to protect the environment