An­cient ARt

Climbing - - THE APPROACH - — VWall, via Climb­

In re­sponse to “Watch Moab Mon­keys Turn An­cient Art into a Christ­mas Tree” ( hv6ubtr): This video, and Climb­ing mag­a­zine’s cov­er­age of it, is an­ti­thet­i­cal to the mis­sion and val­ues of those who love na­ture and want to see it pre­served for years to come. By pan­der­ing to the hol­i­day con­sumer and “Ev­ery­one look at me!” at­ti­tudes we cur­rently have in our cul­ture (Do more! Buy more! Make your­self seen and heard— any­one who com­plains is a party pooper and doesn’t love Christ­mas! Or Amer­ica!), we bring harm and garbage to our frag­ile deserts. I would love to see some pieces on Leave No Trace, how to be a good stew­ard of na­ture, and the value of en­joy­ing na­ture with­out post­ing your trip all over so­cial me­dia. If your only goal is pub­lic­ity, you have no con­nec­tion to the real world of climb­ing.

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