Mark, Dave, Jamie, and Anna size
up the direct start to "Heart and Soul"
for Responsibility: |
With the growing popularity of rock climbing, the concern about our impact on the environment has risen. With the pressures of an increasing climbing population comes evidence of the frailty of the cliffs. Piton scaring is evident on some climbs. Small cracks have become hand holds, such as on rocket man, and two mules.
The greatest impact has been due to thoughtlessness. It was not uncommon
in the past to drive up to the cliff and use your car as a belay anchor.
Rappelling concentrates a large Amount of activity in a small area, causing
erosion. Rappelling has been Banned at Grand Ledge by city ordinance! The
practice of topping out has also ceased since It also creates erosion at
the tops of the cliff (especially when done by groups). We must abandon
complacency and self-serving actions, and make An effort to preserve the
only natural climbing area in Lower Michigan. Recently Grand Ledge climbers
have become very involved in Oak Park (this is the only place to climb outdoors
in lower Michigan), there are work days twice a year to help maintain the
park and surroundings. A nice job has been done on the trail down towards
the rail road tracks. This area can offer some delicate bouldering problems;
but be careful when topping out on a boulder problem since the vegetation
is fragile at the top. If at all possible down climb, or traverse. Natural
erosion is a fact of life at grand ledge; however the additional strain
climbing has put on the area is more apparent. Where greenery flourished,
now paths abound, the tops of the cliffs are scarred from webbing and poor
anchor set-ups. Some attempts have been made to solve this problem, but
we need the cooperation of the climbing community. Please follow the posted
regulations and suggested rules of conduct. Use common sense and remember
your actions (good or bad) effect climbing at Grand Ledge.
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