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Farley Fire

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Alan Rubin · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2015 · Points: 0

Firefighters were called to Farley on Sunday morning to put out a fire smouldering high up (in the Crag X/Xtra Crag area) which likely had been going since the previous afternoon. It appears that it was a small manmade fire that had not been fully put out. Fortunately the firefighters were able to contain and extinquish it quickly.  While we cannot be certain, given it's location it seems highly likely that this fire was initially made by climbers. Given it's location--heavily wooded but also close to some residential areas (including the owners of much of the crag) as well as adjacent to a major road, it should be obvious that NO FIRES should ever be set at Farley--for any purpose (and this likely holds true for most areas in the Northeast except for those where campfires are explicitly permitted). Several of us who climb regularly at Farley have, over the years, encountered climbers who have set fires there to keep warm, smoke away bugs, or cook something to eat and have been forced to remind them of this common sense rule. Please pass this on to all your climbing friends who are not on MP.

jdejace · · New England · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 5

This is why we can't have nice things...

Chris Blatchley · · Sammamish, WA · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 6

Alan, do you think there will be any fall out from this?

Alan Rubin · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2015 · Points: 0

Chris, It is hard to tell but we are worried. It is a volunteer fire department so all the responders are 'locals'. Tony Gardner has been doing great work with the authorities in Erving but something like this could definitely be a setback. So far, we are being asked to put up prominent 'No Fires' signs. Hopefully that will be the only result, but it is important to spread the word about this and all other inappropriate actions--such as being too loud--sounds carry there (folks in the houses below hear shouts that are not being heard by the belayer at the base of the climb). Also please be proactive if you see or hear climbers doing things that don't seem 'right'.

Jay V · · Enfield, CT · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 275


Permit system, give proceeds to the town? Showing communities that we have something to offer them would be nice

Were never going to be able to idiot proof everything

Alejandro T · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2017 · Points: 0

Hopefully there will be no fallout in terms of access... but man has it gotten crowded on weekends.

Alan Rubin · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2015 · Points: 0

Under the Massachusetts Recreational Use statute if money is collected the landowner loses the statute's protection from liability, so we can't sell permits.

Definitely agree that we can't (and really shouldn't) "idiot proof everything", but we've got to try to do what we can to 'head them off' if we want to continue to maintain our current access. More signage is a reasonable first step. Speaking out if you see someone doing something they shouldn't is also very important.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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