Conservation & Wilderness Ethics
FoWR urges all climbers to recognize and to limit the impacts of their climbing practices on the environment, other climbers, land managers, and other users.
FoWR believes that the key to effective management is cooperation. Discussion between climbers and land managers will result in climbing–management policies based on mutual agreement. Such policies will help ensure cooperation and effective enforcement of the policy.
Climbers should cooperate with public and private land managers to mitigate the environmental impacts of climbing. FoWR believes that regulation affecting any climbing practices is acceptable only if it follows from discussions and agreement between local climbers and land managers. Alternatives to regulation, such as camouflaging fixed anchors, education and self–regulation should be fully explored before regulation. Regulation may be appropriate to protect historical, archeological or environmental resources.
“Chopping” or removing bolts invariably results in damage to the resource and should not occur until and unless a consensus has been reached between all parties. Chipping or gluing of holds on natural rock faces causes unacceptable resource impacts.
Above all, climb responsibly. Show respect not only for other climbers, but also for land managers, other users, wildlife and plant life. Never trespass on private land and respect all closures on public and private lands.