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I would like to take Dave Grahams Video "Bridge of Ashes" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvRh-g8kF14&feature=player_embedded) as a starting point for a discussion about the ecological footprint of the role models of the climbing community and their followers.
Due to this travel intense lifestyle every word about about "saving the environment" from this sort of climbers and the supporting companies can not be taken seriously. With this posting I don't want to blame anybody: Fly as much as you like. Climb wherever you want. Go wherever you think you can find your adventures.
But as a member of the climbing community I just have to ask if we aren't rather narrow minded. On the one hand we raise awareness of the eco system around our cliffs, which I think is very important too, but on the other hand our ecological footprint on a larger scale is masked out.
If we are serious about an eco friendly lifestyle don't we and our media need new role models? Or is it more like this: The quality of climbing always goes first and picking up some plastic bottles is the way to salve our conscience.
I'm really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this topic!