Climbers' Attitudes Toward Recreation Resource Impacts in TheAdirondack Park's Giant Mountain Wilderness
International Journal of Wilderness
Climbers arriving at trailheads to popular climbing areas in the Giant Mountain Wilderness in Adirondack Park, New York, were surveyed as to the types of resource impacts they found to be offensive. Climbers were asked about their degree of concern regarding crowding, noise, and management of climbing areas. Some resource impacts, such as damage to trees as a result of poor climbing practices, were found to be offensive to climbers, whereas other resource impacts common to climbing areas were less of a concern. Crowding was reported by the majority of climbers as an important concern, but noise, such as that generated by nearby vehicle traffic, was less of an issue. No significant differences in responses to either resource impact or social concepts were observed based on climbers’ experience level or preference for traditional or sport climbing styles.
Monz, C.A. 2009. Climbers' Attitudes Toward Recreation Resource Impacts in The Adirondack Park's Giant Mountain Wilderness. International Journal of Wilderness 14 (1): 26-‐‐33.