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Minimum impact climbing 6 years, 9 months ago #710

What entails minimum impact climbing?
  • maddy
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Re: Minimum impact climbing 6 years, 9 months ago #712

What i have read about minimum impact climbing is this -

Minimum impact climbing involves a number of aspects right from how many climbers are there in a group to disposing off the waste generated in course of travel. Here are the two aspects i got to know..

Group Size- keeping a small group of climbers ensure that the social impact is minimum. Smaller groups spread across a large area have less chances of mingling.

Local Practices – every area has its local climbing community which has its own environmental tradition and ethics in place in the process of developing routes. Understanding them and following those norms is very important,..

Basically it means climbing responsibly and with least impact on nature...and the socio-cultural and biological environs through which we climb..
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Re: Minimum impact climbing 6 years, 9 months ago #716

There are a few more factors involved in minimum impact climbing, like waste disposal and anchors. It is important to clean up anchors choked with old webbing on rappel descents. It is advisable to carry such waste off the climb. See if permanent new anchors are allowed, as in some areas they could be prohibited. Regarding waste disposal, pack out waste food, paper and other garbage. Take care of garbage disposal as it can attract critters, which can have an impact on their health.
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