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Rock Climbing Photo: Just past the crux roof. Drone shot by Joey Taylor...
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By Bitter Trad
May 4, 2017
It's sad that climbers are using drones for "rad" photos in Sedona. It's loud and scares animals and annoys other users. Please practice "leave no trace"--including traces of a migrane brought on by this thoughtless entertainment.
I watched a guy crash a drone on top of one of Sedona's church spires--he could have really harmed people, especially climbers, if any had been present on that popular route. I also watched a guy crash a drone in Indian Creek with lots of people around, including toddlers. Parts exploded over the hillside. Really, not very rad. Just sad.
May 4, 2017
As far as drones -

Never fly above 400 feet.
Keep your drone within visual line of sight.
Don’t fly over people.
Fly in accordance with a set of community based guidelines.
If you’re flying within 5 miles of an airport, give notice to the airport.

In CO. it's illegal to fly over or in a State Park, In Boulder County also over a park or public space!
That said while soloing a Flatiron last Fall was annoyed by a drone flying over my head!If you are going to fly a drone take pictures or whatever be considerate of other people, animals and responsible period!
By Derek Field
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 4, 2017
As per guidelines listed above by CDC, nothing wrong with flying a drone on this particular occasion. Better to know the background behind a photo before calling it thoughtless. Go ahead and scold people if that's your thing, but try to do it only when they're in the wrong.
By touchingrocks
May 5, 2017
Derek Field, it really doesn't matter what the laws or regulations are. We are talking about interacting with other forms of life; humans, other animals, and the living landscape. That takes precedent over all else, and it requires respect and consideration.

Bitter Trad is 100% correct citing Leave No Trace ethics, because the use of a drone is not adhering to the last two principle: respect wildlife, and be considerate of other visitors.
By Dave Spies
From: Sedona, AZ
May 30, 2017
Although you can not tell from the angle of this photo, there is a huge resort right next to this climb. I climbed this in the dark (incognito) and was enjoying live electric guitar music blasting from the resort. That being said, a drone only adds to the cars, construction, and live music coming from the resort. I do find drones to be distracting and annoying, but this is not exactly a wilderness type setting.
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Just past the crux roof. Drone shot by Joey Taylor (visit for more radness).

Submitted By: Derek Field on Apr 27, 2017
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Incognito Bandito (5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a )
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