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Climber used to be regulated in National Parks

January 14 2018 at 7:24 PM
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Ray Brooks  (Login raybrooks)

Response to Keep Our Mountains Free. And Dangerous By Francis Sanzaro

Tom! Thanks for sharing the article. I do remember registering for climbs in Grand Teton National Park in the mid-70's, where I had to provide a list of 3 previous climbs equal to, or harder than, the route I was registering for. I think there was also a required gear list, depending on the route.

Mt. Rainier National Park rangers in the 1970's decided MSR's metal ice axes were a standard & declared war on wood-shaft axes. Apparently, some rangers would even place would-be climbers wood axes between two high points & jump on them in an attempt to break the shaft. Of course, required gear for a Rainier climb included ice axe, crampons, & a rope, plus previous experience.

It looks like we may be re-visiting that era again.

This message has been edited by raybrooks on Jan 16, 2018 7:32 PM

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