Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Local Ethics and Etiquette

Ethics the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics; Christian ethics; climbing ethics.

Etiquette the code of ethical behavior regarding professional practice or action among the members of a profession in their dealings with each other: medical etiquette; climbing etiquette.

Local Ethics

Clean, Climb, Protect!!

  • Chiseling/Chipping: Don’t! Don’t even think about it. The bottom line is to leave the rock alone. Leave it for the next generation of strong climbers coming up through the ranks.
  • Cleaning: You have to be able to see and feel the holds. Don’t go crazy and clean until you make a lager hold.( It is sand stone) Brush off the dirt on only the areas that you will use to climb. (Plastic Brushes are the way, don't use metal brushes)
  • Aspire to climb without leaving a trace: Watch pad placements, avoid covering vegetation. Limit chalk use, minimize tick marks and brush it away after.
  • Dispose of human waste properly: See Leave No Trace website for more details.
  • Use Existing Trails: Stay on established trails, most of the trails lie on public land. However a few land owners have been gracious enough to allow users to cross over thier land. Don't use short cut trails and don't make our own
  • Park in Designated Areas : Parking is a precious commodity at a few of the areas. If the designated spots are full, go else where. Don't park in the grass, it could be some ones yard.
  • Maintain a Low Profile: Try not to scream and yell, avoid profanity and keep the radios at home. Most of these climbing areas are used by more then climbers, maybe their outside for the serenity, respect the other land users.
  • Respect Private Property: Some areas are adjacent to private property, be respectful of their land and wishes. Their opinions of climbers can affect future use, always keep them happy.

If you have questions about our local ethics leave us a comment

1 comment:

Kevin Koehler said...

Thinking about doing some climbing here this weekend. I've never been to the area. Is there somewhere to camp out in the woods? Are dogs allowed here?