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Topic - Protecting the environment vs yourself - "ethical" climbing

OneLifeOneHeart - on 27 Jan 2013
My interest in mountaineering and climbing is just a few months old and I have already noticed with a bit of confusion how many books, articles and discussions mention "ethical" climbing, about not damaging the rocks and the beauty of the mountains etc.

Now - call me insensitive - but as a beginner (and also later in my adventure), and being partly disabled, my safety is what matters to me most whatever sport I do, and I would find it a bit nuts to sacrifice my safety for the sake of preserving inanimate rock.

Whatever damage I can do to any kind of rock, I would assume that its lifespan is a million times longer than mine.

Or is this topic something deeper and less straightforward than just preserving rock? Which part of this discussion have I missed/misunderstood?
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