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Making Tassie Wilderness a Sport Climbing Venue. 22-Mar-2019 At 8:46:36 AM One Day Hero
On 22-Mar-2019 brent wrote:
>No need to get overly emotional.

Do you understand why this kind of stuff upsets people? We're talking about a world famous wilderness area which has a 50 year history both of climbing and people fighting epic campaigns to maintain wilderness in the face of vested interests who wanted to develop and exploit it. Many of the climbing pioneers were also involved in the environmental campaigns, some people have been climbing at Frenchmans for decades and feel that they are climbing custodians.

Then you get some random frother show up for his first trip and go on a massive online spray about how many sport routes you could smash in, with topo photos and beta on where they could go. No interest in the history, no concern for what the locals think. In the same spray, he's going on about how amazing The Lorax is (put up by a bloke who's apparently a pretty farking serious greeny). Maybe get in touch with that guy and ask him what his thoughts are for the future of the area? Nah, fuch that. Old mate knows best, he's the Marco Polo of an area which has been previously scoped by a thousand keen climbers who somehow didn't notice the potential.

And this shit is going on at every frigging crag in the country! Toolbags wander in, couldn't care less about getting to know the place, couldn't care less about the locals who have decades of experience at the cliff, and just get straight to work on how to make the crag better. It's already better! Because climbers with more discretion and taste than you have kept development down to a rational level, you gigantic narcissistic knob jockeys!

>The author of the description is against
>unnecessary bolting of routes and certainly wont be heading out there himself
>to bolt any of these potential lines. He's merely sharing his excitement
>for the place.

He's planting the seed and paving the way for some other idiot with ocd to go in there and start slinging bolts onto all those topos he posted up. If you guys are any older than nineteen, it's your responsibility to understand how this shit works.

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