As a small community, self-enforcement is one of the ways to keep people in check.
I agree. I too love Crescent Crack (and other routes at the lower M@L@mootE) but sitting on and belaying on the tracks? That shows a lack of common sense and threatens all of our community's access to this resource.wanderlusted wrote: As a small community, self-enforcement is one of the ways to keep people in check.
Squamish climbing - my sincere apology for climbing at the Lower Malamute
the other day. I posted a picture on Instagram that quickly brought to my
attention the sensitivity around the area and its access. I grew up in
Seattle, so was familiar with the closure, but I thought it had been
lifted as of 5 years ago. Not living in this area anymore, I didn't
realize that it is still closed and is limited in its access.
I know from working with local climbing coalitions and the Access Fund how
fragile access to our cliffs can be, and I really can't apologize enough
for potentially jeopardizing that.
Hopefully everyone in the Squamish community who knows me, and knows my
long-time appreciation of Squamish, can attest to my genuine respect for
this sacred place and our access to it.
Sincerest apologies - Jesse
Thanks for your sincere apology and for taking down the photo from your instagram account.
Hi Bearbreeder and Administrator:
Now that there has been some closure to this issue, is there a way - with everyone's consent - to remove the photos in the original post, so as not to add more fuel to the fire (of those who want to restrict climber's access)?
Sure, keep off the tracks themselves, but taking photos from a distance and posting negative remarks against specific individuals on a public forum seems very 'high school' to me.
Say something up front, most people involved likely didn't even realize there was an issue.
Having said that, climbing on private property is something we have all done. There have been cases where climbers getting caught has shut down access negotiations, and there are cases where access will never be granted anyway.
Personally, I don't even believe that land should be privately owned, but we live in a capitalist country so those are the rules we are operating under. Drawing attention to ourselves doing something illegal, either at the moment or later on social media, is more likely to increase enforcement than it is to change the system, and it makes things very difficult for those who are negotiating access on our behalf.
One of the people involved has done the honourable thing and taken responsibility. Beyond that, Bear Breeder has said what needs saying in the title of the thread.
Last time I climbed at the Malamute, there were obvious, No Trespassing signs on the access trails. Unless the dog knows how to rappel, I doubt anyone could have missed them.
I also disagree with the closure but criticizing the messenger is petty and ridiculous.
Leave the photos up , they speak volumes.
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