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Rock climbing by rungs - Eco-tourism

Postby GPSGuided » Tue 13 Feb, 2018 9:24 pm

Just saw this video on a new form of eco-tourism, rock climbing. What do you all think? Excessive damage to the environment?

https://www.facebook.com/1NEWSNZ/videos ... 377406218/
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Re: Rock climbing by rungs - Eco-tourism

Postby ribuck » Tue 13 Feb, 2018 9:41 pm

In NSW there are plenty of places used by bushwalkers where there are spikes and chains in the rock (Tarros Ladder, Compagnoni Pass, Splendour Rock, Nibelung Pass etc).
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Re: Rock climbing by rungs - Eco-tourism

Postby johnw » Tue 13 Feb, 2018 10:31 pm

They say on the video that it's on a private farm, so not an issue.
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Re: Rock climbing by rungs - Eco-tourism

Postby Osik » Wed 14 Feb, 2018 2:30 pm

Via ferrata is massive in Europe. There's a bit of worry in the oz climbing community that wild places that are usually climbed in traditional style may face pressure from similar practices here. For anyone with too much time on their hands, there is an endless bolting debate/s on the chockstone climbing forum.
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Re: Rock climbing by rungs - Eco-tourism

Postby weeds » Wed 14 Feb, 2018 2:39 pm

Thanks for the link......

I don’t think it damaging the environment, the install looks high end......

it’s giving an experience, for those like me that doesn’t have the ability to climb anything like that. hopefully it’s not a sacred site.

@ 500 NZ $’s ea, that would eat into the funds.....canyoning in the blue mountain cost us $240 each for a lot a variety. Would probably do wild wire if I had a lazy 1000 bucks laying around....but I think We could do a lot of awesome hikes in NZ for 1000$


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Re: Rock climbing by rungs - Eco-tourism

Postby Gadgetgeek » Thu 15 Feb, 2018 8:16 am

There are always many sides to the impact debate. Personally I feel like one defined route is going to be better overall than the damage being spread over a wider area. Via Ferratta is pretty safe overall, and you have a lower bar to entry without the training and gear needed on an individual level compared to trad climbing. I think a lot of climbers would worry that their special spot would get over-run, but at the end of the day, I don't know that this would happen in public land here just due to how liability rules work, so really it would be more limited to private lands. Europe certainly has a much more of a "at your own risk" mentality, and many Iron Roads are very old, so its much more accepted as just a thing that is done.
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Re: Rock climbing by rungs - Eco-tourism

Postby north-north-west » Thu 15 Feb, 2018 10:19 am

The purist in me is sneering.

The peak-bagger is wishing someone would do this to Federation.
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Re: Rock climbing by rungs - Eco-tourism

Postby rcaffin » Thu 15 Feb, 2018 6:53 pm

The peak-bagger is wishing someone would do this to Federation.
Not B****Y likely!
A lynching would certainly be in order.

I've climbed Feder a couple of times. There's a simple corner above Bechervaise from memory - scramble up that and top rope everyone else.

Actually, it can be climbed from the Southern Traverse without rope. Details will not be given.

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Re: Rock climbing by rungs - Eco-tourism

Postby Tortoise » Thu 15 Feb, 2018 9:38 pm

rcaffin wrote:Actually, it can be climbed from the Southern Traverse without rope. Details will not be given.

I thought the majority of people climb it without ropes.
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Re: Rock climbing by rungs - Eco-tourism

Postby Tortoise » Thu 15 Feb, 2018 9:44 pm

north-north-west wrote:The purist in me is sneering.

The peak-bagger is wishing someone would do this to Federation.

Not the only one...
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