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Topic - Don't get the whole winter ethics thing I'm afraid

NWR - on 08 Nov 2013
I am quite new to the winter climbing thing, but what I am struggling to understand after reading various posts on here last year is why I can't just go and do what I want in winter? I genuinely don't get it. How come summer rock jocks can claim crags and go 'clean' routes (destroy/remove flaura & fauna) but as soon as winter climbers start to mention early winter routes there is an uproar about damaging the rock.
And how come top winter climbers hit the crags early season with their axes and crampons claiming new routes (which seems fine to me) but if the rest of us did that we would be slagged off for damaging rock or similar.
Genuine question btw.
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