• Climbing Management Guidelines

     

     

  • Introduction

    Over the years, Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) has acquired several historic climbing areas including Cathedral Spires, The Dome, Clear Creek Canyon, Mt. Lindo and North Table Mountain. Rock climbing as a valid recreational use of Open Space land.  The intent of climbing guidelines is to ensure that climbing is done in a manner that is consistent with the Jeffco Open Space mission and our responsibility to protect park resources. The following are specific management objectives:

    • Minimize adverse effects on wildlife populations and habitat
    • Minimize vegetation loss and control erosion associated with access and trail use
    • Manage the use of fixed-protection so as not to adversely affect the quality of the rock resource, the safety of the climbing community, the recreational experience of future climbers, or the enjoyment of the non-climbing visitor
    • Address alterations required for safety 

     Leave No Trace Principles

    • Plan Ahead and Prepare
      • Choose the right climb - pick a climb that is appropriate for you and your group.
      • Educate yourself - always educate yourself about climbing specific rules and regulations at the site you wish to climb.
      • Develop skill and take responsibility - plan routes and climbing trips that match your ability and be prepared for emergencies.
       
    • Travel on Durable Surfaces
      • Avoid creating new impacts when descending from a climb.
      • Concentrate use in popular areas - use existing trails, established staging areas and other developed sites.
      • Walk or scramble off routes - avoid creating new impacts when retreating from a climb.
      • Consider if an area is durable before developing any climbing potential.
       
    • Dispose Of Waste Properly
      • Use developed sites (restrooms) for human waste disposal or pack out your waste.
      • Carry plastic bags to pack out "micro-garbage" like wrappers, cigarettes or climbing tape.
       
    • Leave What You Find
      • Leave natural features undisturbed - avoid chipping holds, drilling pockets or gluing holds onto the rock.
      • Preserve the past - do not disturb historic or archeological sites.
      • Avoid spreading non-native plants and animals - clean your gear after each backcountry outing.
       
    • Respect Wildlife
      • Avoid sensitive times and habitats - observe agency closures.
      • Observe wildlife in the vertical habitat from a distance - pay attention to clues that animals are stressed and respond by retreating from a climb if necessary.
      • Never feed animals.
      • Leave your pet at home.
       
    • Be Considerate Of Other Visitors
      • Keep a low profile - wear natural colors, break into smaller groups if you are with a large party and limit your time at any single route.