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    Andrew
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    #13828

    Nick Outram
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    https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/steps_out_of_lockdown_what_next_for_safety_in_the_outdoors-12772

    If you scroll down this article there are some thoughts on where read climbing would come in to this. Seems fairly sensible to me.

    Nick

    #13829

    Andrew
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    A couple of further points.
    (i) You are only supposed to meet ONE other person not in your household. So walking group sizes will be only two maybe three people as a rule.
    (ii) Residents in popular locations will not welcome numerous visitors and social distancing will be more difficult.
    So the pointer is towards very low profile walking in carefully chosen places.

    Interesting article highlighted by Nick with thoughts for the future. It remains to be seen whether Government instructions will eventually go along such lines. All we have at the moment is what the Govt has announced today.

    Andrew

    #13830

    John
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    Hi

    I have the new 50 page guidance but haven’t read it yet. Penny tells me that from some BMC posts some climbers are already pushing to get out there. My personal feeling is that this confused announcement by the Government really leaves things as they are. If the outdoor community can’t restrain itself for a bit longer we risk damaging the hard won access rights and responsible reputation it has, and which leaves us largely self regulating. There are cases for walking in the further hills for a day, even perhaps for bouldering, even in underpasses, and they are valid but they are premature in my opinion. A bit more restraint will bring eventual rewards. The climbing and outdoor community should be partners in the conversation about access to high pressured beauty spots and climbing venues. When we go back we should be welcomed by the local community not seen as any sort of threat. If we take risks it must be when those who would help us accept the risk we may bring to them and most of all we must survive with honour and be able to look ourselves in the mirror having taken decisions that take account of the big picture and the legacy we leave.

    Hope you are all fit and well John

    #13831

    Andrew
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    I think you.ve got it there John.
    Climbers need to show that they understand wider priorities.

    The radio this evening carried “please stay away” messages from the Lake District. So i’d say, a bit of quiet discreet fairly local walking is as far as it should go
    ANDREW

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