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NPS Access Alert

The National Park System has drafted a policy regarding fixed anchors, and it’s up for public comment.  Please take FIVE minutes and let your voice be heard, here’s more information:

The American Alpine Club’s take on the policy

Here’s where you comment

This is what I said:

“Hello, My name is Eli, and I’m a rock climber living in Boulder, CO. D.O. #41 will directly affect me, as I climb and establish new routes in the National Parks (Rocky Mountain, Zion, Yosemite, etc.). I respectfully request amendments to D.O. #41 as outline below by the American Alpine Club: [inserted points 1-4 from ACC website]



Thanks to Brian for the original story

Adam - My response:

I am writing in regard to D.O. #41. I am an avid climber and care deeply about the beautiful nature that we impact by enjoying the national parks. I believe fixed anchors should be used at a minimum but recognize their importance in making climbing possible and safe. In some instances, Fixed anchors (particularly for rappelling) can reduce impact by depositing climbers at the base of a formation instead of forcing travel on delicate ground that causes erosion.

I would also like to point out that rescues of injured climbers have huge impacts on the natural terrain. If anchor replacement and strategic bolt placement can make routes safer, impact can actually be lessened. This is not to say that the stunning walls in the national parks should host many “sport climbs.” In all cases in which a route can be protected traditionally, that should be the required style.

I support the amendments requested by the American Alpine Club pasted below.

Thank you,

Adam ScheerFebruary 28, 2011 – 12:29 pm

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