Almost all of Grampians at risk of closure

EDITORIAL

Wednesday, 20 January

Grampians in Australia is one of the best climbing and bouldering areas in the world. Vertical Life Mag reports that a new draft management plan has been released for the area, which "vastly decreases the opportunities for roped climbing – particularly hard, quality climbing – and it basically eliminates bouldering." VL writes that feedback on the draft plan can be sent to parkplan@parks.vic.gov.au. More info also at Save Grampians Climbing, which via Neil Monteith comments,

"The Grampians National Park is one of the worlds great rock-climbing and bouldering areas with thousands of classic sandstone routes spread across an extraordinary wilderness landscape. In a new draft management plan Parks Victoria (the land manager) is proposing to completely ban bouldering as an activity and only allow access to 22% of roped climbing areas. What is on the chopping block? Taipan Wall, Muline, Bundaleer and many others. This is the largest climbing ban on earth and decimates the climbing opportunities for locals and visitors alike. We need YOUR HELP by sending a submission to Parks Victoria stating your disagreement to the proposed plan and it’s massive loss to the rock climbing community. You have until the 24th of January 2021 – please act now! "Taipan wall in the picture.

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