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Topic - DRILLED GEAR - an AREA or NATIONAL issue?

Steve Scott - on 06 Jul 2012
At the Lakes Area meeting this week the siting of fixed gear for use by Keswick MRT was discussed at length. A key point raised by Al Hinkes was how much influence the National staff should have when it comes to local issues, as a very late intervention from Manchester was taken as interference in what was seen as a local issue.

The stated and published National policy is that broad guidance is provided -
"The BMC believes that in any discussion or debate involving climbing style and ethics, the well-being of the crag and mountain environment must always be of paramount importance. Local or regional fixed equipment policies should be debated and agreed by climbers at meetings arranged by the BMC. The BMC Area Meeting structure provides the forum for such discussions. Policies should be agreed on a consensus basis and it is the responsibility of all climbers to help promote and respect any such policies."

A National drilled equipment policy also exists but this was agreed in 1992 and is currently being debated, as it is felt that it should be reviewed.

Other Areas are reviewing their own policies too ....

In the Lakes the 'new' proposals will be discussed at the next Area meeting at Kendal Wall in September. But, you should have your say too through your own Area meetings.
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