We have been sent the following report by UKC/UKH User gcoiley about some recent damage that he saw being carried out at Hay Tor in Devon.
While climbing at Hay Tor on March 8 I witnessed a student from Bristol University chipping rock at the top of Low Man with a pick. The student would have continued if I hadn't quickly intervened.
The group then informed me that it was OK because they were geologists and had to take samples. However, they left all the fragments they'd chipped, rather than collecting them.
Should inexperienced undergraduate students be allowed free rein with picks and hammers? Surely if every University outing allowed this then rocks throughout the country would diminish in size rapidly. If samples must be collected wouldn't it be better done in areas of loose rock already subject to heavy erosion, such as on tidal beaches, rather than the top of a tor?
I have raised my concerns with the head of the Geology department at Bristol University, but have not as yet received a reply.
There has already been a lot of talk and speculation about the reasoning behind Nalle proposing 9A for Burden of... Read more
Dave Graham really seems to be on a roll. Two weeks ago he put up Topaz, ~8C, and now he has made the second ascent of... Read more
The popular drytooling venue White Goods in Clwyd, North Wales has lost some of its hardest routes following the collapse... Read more
Derbyshire Police are appealing for information following an act of vandalism at the popular climbing venue Black... Read more