The real impacts of climbing, as illustrated by the situation in Bishop, Calif., are the trails that climbers use to access the rock, and the presence of people in areas that they previously didn’t find much interest in going to. All of these access issues, including the previously debated issue of mountain biking, come down to too many people and not enough land. Rather than taking an adversarial approach between hikers, mountain bikers and climbers, why not try working together to gain more protected land for all of these groups? The more land, the more spread-out the impact. Otherwise, you are playing right into the hands of the enemy by dividing and conquering from within.
San Francisco, California