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Locals confirm that Vail's climbing spots are clean, well-kept
Climbers took a little trash talk from Rocky Mountain National Park Rangers recently.

Locals confirm that Vail's climbing spots are clean, well-kept

By Tom Boyd

September 10, 2008 —  I’ll admit that I took the trash talk a little far in my previous blog, but when rubbish is being strewn throughout the wilderness I can’t help but put my mouth into overdrive.

As I reported yesterday, climbers at Rocky Mountain National Park are under fire from Park Rangers who say popular bouldering spots there are being trashed by climbers who fail to clean up after themselves.

Fortunately, local climbers have confirmed that we here in Vail are above such reproach – and we come out looking clean as a whistle (which, as an aside, is an odd phrase, since a whistle isn’t exactly the cleanest item I can immediately think of).

“Around here as far as what I see and what I hear it seems that people are pretty on top of it and if they’re coming across stuff here and there they’re cleaning up after fellow climbers,” said Sean Glackin of Alpine Quest Sports in Edwards.

“Normally climbers are really, really cool about it,” adds climber Aaron Madore. “Everybody packs in, packs out.”

Speaking of packing it in – or packing it in early, I took a few humorous shots at the RMNP Rangers and others in yesterday’s blog which, I hope, were understood as lighthearted and whimsical. The Rangers called me back today and this time I was the one to miss the phone call and, as you can see in the comment section of yesterday’s blog, David Maren of the American Alpine Club was hard at work making the wilderness a cleaner, better place when I tried to call him for a quote on the issue.

Phone tag is still ongoing, but anyway the verdict’s in: a handful of climbers (Front Range riff-raff?) may have made a few errors at Rocky Mountain National, but by and large it seems climbers are environmentally aware, clean, and responsible.



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