Clean Climber’s mission is to ensure climbing for future generations
In order to do so, Clean Climber aims to bring the impact of the climbing sport in balance with its environment in order to make the sport sustainable. Clean Climber is committed to cleaning climbing areas, reusing climbing gear and creating more awareness among climbers regarding their own responsibilities. We all have an impact and can change that into having a positive impact!
The current status quo for the climbing sport regarding our environmental impact is not looking great. We buy climbing gear, drive or fly to climbing areas all over the world and leave our footprints in the climbing areas, while not giving back to the nature we say we adore. For climbing to have the right to exist in the future, we have to act now.
Clean Climber aims to bring the climbing sport in balance with nature, on all fronts. We might not be able to be neutral on all fronts (like transportation emissions, even though we need to improve here), but we can compensate in other ways (by removing more trash than left by climbers). We will work with all participants of the sport: the manufacturers of climbing equipment, climbing organisations and climbers.
In our efforts to bring climbing in balance with nature, we have planned to study and quantify when this goal is reached.
We want to raise awareness amongst climbers:
With nature: use existing pathways, be gentle with plants & trees, rocks & the use of magnesium, respect times of year the rock is reserved for birds and/or other animals to breed.
With local communities: respect religious meanings of certain rocks/climbing areas, prevent nuisance and loud swearing, be aware you are a part of the climbing community and that other climbers will be judged by your actions.
With municipalities: respect rules regarding wild camping, realise you are always a guest.
With our carbon footprint: transportation emissions will be difficult to minimize to zero, but look into alternatives instead of the easy flight or commit to a longer period abroad when flying.