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Topic - Climbing seasons

JLS on 23 Feb 2013
A great deal climbing argument/discussion seems to centre around someone apparently chosing to climb, in what is perceived as "the wrong style". You know, pads under trad lines, tools on "too" dry rock etc etc.

I think these issues could easily be solved if we stuck to a rigid calendar of seasons so everyone would know exactly what is acceptable I.e. ...

1st April to 30th September - Trad lead climbing only
1st October until last weekend in October - Sport and trad top roping only
Last weekend (both Sat & Sun) of October - Dry tooling only
1st November to 28th February - Bouldering only
29th Febururay - Winter climbing only
1st March to 31st March - Sport and trad top roping only

I feel that limiting the more destructive forms of climbing to small windows is the best way to protect our rock resources and halt the decline in the great British tradition of trad climbing.

While I think there may be an argument to be had regarding whether we use fixed calendar dates or tie the seasons into the equinoxes but I expect we can all agree the basic principle is the correct one.
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