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Topic - Axe and crampon marks on *natural* grit

JdotP - on 18 May 2014

I am not usually one to get worked up about ethical debates, but I was out this afternoon for a little fell run / solo at Laddow rocks and noticed what appear to be axe / crampon marks all the way up 2 routes. They are Tuppence Ha'penny and Route 1, on very good quality (and surprisingly clean) natural gritstone on one of the smaller buttresses towards the southern end.

I note that in the case of Route 1 the damage has already been noted in someone's UKC log.

Given the relatively high altitude of the crag, these marks could possibly have come from a genuine winter ascent rather than dry tooling, but surely on good quality natural gritstone that doesn't make it ok?

EDIT: I tried to contact crag moderator, but he/she is "currently restricted from posting"
Post edited at 22:46
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