Sports of any kind are almost always looked at in a positive light, but there are times when such an activity could have some environmental issues to it. When this happens, then it undoubtedly starts to create a distinction between different groups, such as the environmentalists and the sports athletes. Rock climbing has some of these difficult challenges to deal with.
Environmentalists are passionate about the preservation of the environment. At the same time, so are most rock climbers. For a while, groups cannot seem to get on common ground. The complaints which the environmentalists have against the rock climbers are:
- That climbers are badly damaging the rocks they climb, as they use various types of equipment to help them with their climbs.
- Animals and nature are being adversely affected by this sport.
Most climbers feel just as responsible for the protection of the environment. As the sport has become more organised, more safeguards have been put in place to address the concerns of the environmentalists. Very few climbers think that the environmentalists are wrong.
For this reason, they have been diligent at taking positive steps to reduce potential damage, such as:
- Newer and better climbing equipment is being used to help reduce rock damage. Climbers are more conscientious about the flora in the areas of their climbs.
- There are many organisations which have formed in support of the rock climbing sport. These clubs and groups are helping to set rules and guidelines for climbers.
An effort such as this is a good approach and one that will help to preserve the integrity of the sport.