Climbing Ethics & Safety
Rene Gonzalez / NPS
For centuries climbers have explored the face of this planet and have discovered new ways to visit and learn about our home - especially in national parks. As members of the climbing community we want to ensure that we look after the places that provide us with adventure, challenges, and even memories.
These special places have special rules. We want to make sure we are not part of the problem and are part of the solution that allows us to enjoy these sites for future generations.
Our ethics guide us in looking out for our park resources and assets. Being a great climber is also about being a great steward. Here are a few things that we can all do to perpetuate that these places remain open for everyone.
Did You Know?
Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.