Less travel = Develop local crags

EDITORIAL

Tuesday, 13 October

Although we can hope travelling to crags and competitions abroad will be allowed in 2021, it will most likely not be as until 2019. In other words, we will most probably be climbing more locally next year so this is where the development focus should be put. This could mean rebolting old routes as well as adding in more bolts on scary old-school routes. Other possibilities to improve the local climbing could be to build better landings on boulders as well as platforms under routes. Taking it further could be to cut down some big trees in order to make it sunnier and dryer. It just might be that there are some hidden treasures out there that now are covered in moss.

An example of this is a new developed sector in the middle of the biggest crag in Utby in Göteborg. Actually the trail passed directly under it but it just did not look interesting and it was wet most of the time due to all the trees next to it. Now after the municipality helped out with cutting down many trees and it was bolted, it has become the most popular crag in the whole area. It should also be possible to update and make a real topo with valuable info instead of just finding lines and grades on the internet.

It is important to underline that before starting to bolt and cutting trees etc, you need to get a permission for this. Remember that developing your local crags will have a significant positive impact on the environment as it is expected that it will also reduce travelling.

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