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National Park Service Seeking Input for Arches Climbing Plan

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by National Park Service

From the NPS website:

March 9, 2007
Contact: Laura Joss, (435) 719-2201

Arches National Park Seeking Input for Climbing Management Plan

Arches National Park is soliciting public comments regarding the development of a Climbing Management Plan. In 2006, unusual climbing activities raised public interest and concern about issues associated with technical rock climbing.

"We've decided to take a new look at our climbing policies, "commented Laura Joss, superintendent of the park. “We’re asking for suggestions from the public about options regarding climbing activities in the park, as well as issues to be addressed.”

Issues identified to date include effects on natural and cultural resources, use of fixed hardware, designating climbing routes, development of approach trails, rock alteration, vegetation alteration, visual impacts and the effects of climbing on visitor safety and experiences.

A climbing management planning effort will consider a full range of alternatives to protect resources, visitors and visitor experience. This plan will comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and will seek to involve as many individuals as possible who have an interest in or concerns about climbing activities at Arches.

The scoping phase of the process will continue until May 4, 2007. After that an environmental assessment will be developed, which will be available for public review and comment.

Scoping comments may be submitted over the internet at or by mail to Superintendent, Arches National Park, PO Box 907, Moab, UT 84532.


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i think its a good idea for the park to have a climbing program, but not at the expense of the natural features of the park. climbing is mostly a low impact sport, but low impact over a extended period can equall disaster for some of the parks more delicate features. which by pictures ive seen, seems to be a great deal of them.
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Submitted my comments via that link. Everyone do your part!
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Thanks Dean. I simply love what you've done for Utah climbing.
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Whether Dean Potter's stunt is the cause of the new changes in climbing policies in Arches National Park or merely "the straw that broke the camels back" is irrelevant. Dean's act of shameless self promotion will change the accessability of climbing in A.N.P.
The next question is will there be a ripple affect regarding climbing access in other Utah National Parks and National Parks in general?
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its not deans falt its not lie that was the first time the arch was climbed its because people come from all over the world and dont know about the eco sytem and cripto in the park and they make "new" trails. I have been working with the park and know its not deans falt it's all of our problem each and every one of us who choos to climb in the park. so just leave him alone i think he has gotten enuff shit for that. peace
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I think it's pretty obvious to everyone that Dean's selfishness is at the heart of the this (not that a management plan is all bad) and I have no respect for Climbing magazine - they seem to be so afraid of hurting Dean's feelings that they can't be objective in their reporting. They never reported the stunt in the first place and the way that they dance around it now is plain embarrassing.

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