𝘏𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘺 𝘔𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘙𝘈𝘊 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺! You may have noticed that we have been focusing a lot on climber impacts over the past week and different strategies that you can use to help minimize your impact.
𝗧𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝘄𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗯𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘄𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗳𝗲𝘄 𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴
So, how do you start to boulder smart??
𝘿𝙚𝙘𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙥𝙖𝙙𝙨!
Avoid digging up the landing zone or stacking rocks, etc. to make the base of the boulder suitable for landing. Instead, stack and double up pads to create the flat zone that you are looking for to be kinder to the natural habitat of the area!
𝘾𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙠!
Tick marks and chalk build up are like trash, so please try to clean up the boulder that you are climbing on! You can use a brush and even small amounts of water to clean your chalk or tick marks that may have been left by you or previous climbers.
𝘿𝙤𝙣'𝙩 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙘𝙪𝙩𝙨!
I know, everybody loves a shortcut but when it comes to the crags you are visiting please stick to the most heavily used trails between boulders. Avoid using social trails that trample vegetation over time.
𝙇𝙚𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙣𝙤 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙚!
It may seem obvious, but before leaving the area be sure to scan for any left behind trash like wads of tape, wrappers, plastic bottles etc. You can even restore a more natural look to your landing zone by placing some pine needles, leaves, twigs before you head off!
We hope you can take these quick tips on your next day out at the crag! Let's continue to help 𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗪𝗩 𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗪𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗳𝘂𝗹 and share this post with all your climbing buddies!
**The information in this post was gathered from Climbing.com, “How to Reduce Your Impact While Bouldering”