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VCC/CliffCare Route Development Moratorium-GNP 11-Nov-2018 At 8:24:36 PM gordoste
If climbers are chopping unapproved retrobolts, but not routes that have been put up in areas of cultural significance, does that mean we care more about climbing history over indigenous history? (Yes I know it isn't black and white - but I hope you get my point).
Someone from a perspective of environmental protection and cultural preservation who sees the bolts and has no awareness of trad climbing might easily think we are just a bunch of ego-driven bogans putting our mark on the rock... Not saying they're right - they just don't understand our world and the effort that is put in to minimise our impact.
This is why I think a moratorium on bolts might be a good idea - to allow time to build some trust, educate people and find solutions that everybody can live with. On the other hand, if there is no plan to convene stakeholders and work through the issues, then a moratorium is pretty pointless.

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