Climbers: Get with it

  "Good job" to HCN for making waves in the climbing community (HCN, 7/7/03: Invasion of the rock jocks). Until climbers take the most basic step of using chalk that is color-matched to the rock they are climbing on, their environmental ethics should be questioned. Red sandstone boulders and cracks, yellow quartzite cliffs, grey limestone faces, and black basalt canyon walls all look like spray-paint vandals have been at work, once climbers have smeared their routes with white chalk. Most climbing/access issues are more complex, but this one is so glaring — and so simple to address. Climbers, why not resolve to "leave no trace" next time you climb?

Greg Woodall
Hurricane, Utah
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