Access problems due external topo production

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6 February 2009

Marco Troussier, from the French federation FFME, has informed 8a that external guide production like Rockfax copying local production is a threat to local access work. FFME is working hard with access issues but often the external produced topos do not include the last local agreements and could create access problems etc. The equippers and the local topo producer make and update access agreements with the landowner and the local council in many cliffs. These guys are often upset when they meet foreigners with a commercial topo produced abroad. In some cases topos like Rockfax could created big local access roblems, according Troussier. "The climbing community should support locally produced topos and local access agreements everywhere in the climbing world. Rockfax is stealing local money and creating access problems. Morality against profit, choose your camp!"

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