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VCC/CliffCare Route Development Moratorium-GNP 31-Oct-2018 At 7:59:07 PM Duang Daunk
On 31-Oct-2018 marky wrote:
>I do believe that what started all this was a spate of new routes put up
>in an area by new climbers to the scene who thought it was a good idea
>to squeeze lines of bolts between existing routes in this particular sensitive
>area. There were also more routes place in this particular area through
>a blank area/cave that had significant aboriginal importance and was a
>known “no bolting/climbing zone.
>With the rapid increase of new climbers to the scene there seems to be
>negligence and arrogance when it comes to researching into where to bolt
>and developing as well as no go zones. A lot of newbies to the scene are
>“psyched” and want to put up their own new routes/claim to fame and feel
>they can do as they please, wherever they please.
>I’d really hate to see all the work and relationships forged between climbers
>and Parks Victoria in regards to climbing and development in the Grampians
>and other areas put in jeopardy due to a small percentage of new climbers
>to the scene who seem to disregard any ethics and rules/guidelines when
>it comes to development.
The answer to at least partially restoring the faith with authorities is to do as we profess and self regulate, not only by a namby pamby moratorium, but also by positive actions.
In recent years it has worked at Kaputar, Ben Lomond, Dargans Arch, Narrowneck, Mt Buffalo, Warrumbungles, and Mt Kiera...

I don’t want my climbing future dictated by consequences of inappropriate sport filler routes / inappropriate bolts in general.

If the new standards of development, as has precipitated the current controversy, occurs in my patch they will quietly disappear; ... because I don’t like playing russian roulette with the future of Australian climbing.

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