Climbing EthicsWhile most climbers are committed to "minimal impact" practices, over time, climbing and other recreational activities have begun to make an impact on refuge resources. It is up to each individual who uses the refuge to share in the responsibility of caring for this fragile environment. All climbers should practice "minimum impact" climbing techniques and support a "leave no trace" outdoor ethic when visiting this wildlife refuge. Climbing resources are not limitless. Please value your vertical wilderness and work to reduce or prevent environmental impacts. Your climbing freedom depends on you. What You Can DoCommit yourself to "minimum impact" and "leave no trace" ideals by adhering to the following climbing ethics: • Know and respect environmentally sensitive areas. Fragile plants and soils, wildlife habitat, riparian zones, and wilderness areas require special attention. • Climb and travel in small numbers. Disperse your activities. • Use established trails to reach climbing areas. Short cuts cause plant damage and erosion. • Keep your distance from wildlife. Bison and longhorn cattle are dangerous. Avoid disturbing sensitive habitats and cliff-nesting birds. • Treat the rock gently. Do not chip, chisel, glue or otherwise deface our rock resources. Leave the rocks and surrounding area in its natural condition. Bolting is not permitted without prior approval (see below). • Minimize chalk use and brush off heavily chalked holds. • Use natural colored nylon webbing if you must leave fixed slings. • Pack out what you bring in. Do not leave tape, cigarette butts, food wrappers, leftovers or other litter. • Remove and carry out old nylon slings. Leave the area cleaner than you found it. • Dispose of human waste properly. Whenever possible use restrooms. Otherwise, bury your waste and carry out toilet paper in a plastic bag. Do not leave human waste within 200 feet of any water source or at the base of a climb. • Please be considerate of other visitors. Loud noise detracts from the wilderness setting and disturbs others. • Do not tie up routes you are not using. • Support conservation by taking part in organized clean-ups, trail rehabilitation, and other volunteer projects at the refuge.
For more information on what you can do to help, contact the Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition or the Access Fund.
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