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By Justin Driemeyer
From: San Carlos, California
Jul 7, 2014
I called the permit office today and was directed over to James Wheedler who said the sign was put up prematurely. He said they are concerned about protecting the geologic feature in the wake of the growth of climbing as a sport in the last several years so are looking to put some permitting process in place to help do so. He suggested one format they are looking into is a self service process - answer some questions online and get a permit you can print, I suggested a basic self-service paper register, like a wilderness permit for day hiking.
But since no process is in place yet he said go ahead and climb for the time being. That said, if you have input I recommend you provide it - because while I would be OK with a self-service permit system that isn't gated on office hours, perhaps others have a different viewpoint, and perhaps the access fund or such have some data about less bureaucratic ways to address the concerns of the parks department.
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