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Ethics of practicing aid climbing in the New River Gorge

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Gavin Bailey · · Yosemite National Park · Joined May 2014 · Points: 10

I am interested in practicing aid climbing and having a conversation with a buddy he suggested practicing at the new river gorge, given that I live closest to this area.

Knowing that the NRG is dominately a sport area I question the ethics of doing this. Figured I would reach out to the climbing community before I make any decision that would be greatly frowned upon.

Thanks a lot!

Scott O · · Anchorage · Joined Mar 2010 · Points: 70

Find a crack and clean aid it. No problem. If you use a hammer you'll get punched.

Sam Stephens · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2010 · Points: 1,020

Stay off trade routes on weekends, and don't pound anything.

Alex Rogers · · Sydney, Australia · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 40

I think you are mixing up ethics and etiquette

rging · · Salt Lake City, Ut · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 210
Alex Rogers wrote:I think you are mixing up ethics and etiquette
You could get punched for either.
Rocky367 · · Maryland · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 0

I don't know all the ethics there, but we found a lot of GREAT trad there. There are several really, really beautiful crack climbs at Junkyard wall that take great gear. If you are placing the same type of gear you would use to trad climb it free, I do not see a problem.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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