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  1. 1. Climbing Management Plan for Lincoln Lake Libby Nye Geosciences Department MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS MOTIVATION TO MANAGE The Staging Area- The staging area is where the belayer or My project was to create a management plan for rock spotter stands and where gear is placed at the base of aclimbing at Lincoln Lake. climb. Along with erosion and soil compaction, this area is the This plan would be a specific assessment of possible most susceptible to potential human waste because aenvironmental and social issues centered around majority of the time spent climbing is spent in this area.climbing. In the sport climbing area, the installation of a toilet in the The intent was to weigh the benefits and possible parking area would be a necessary solution. The placesnegative impacts of climbing for the area of Lincoln Lake available for a natural bathroom are not far enough away fromand to ensure longevity of the area to sustain humans the lake for sanitary purposes.and the natural environment alike. CLIMBING In the bouldering area, proper LNT techniques should be used. This can be encouraged by increased education For a thorough plan, initial information about Lincoln provided by LNT seminars in conjunction with climbing was gathered. This includes an overview of the natural organizations like The Access Fund and Arkansas Climbers area, the recreational activities Lincoln offers, the Coalition. Also, simply posting proper LNT guidelines at the Lincoln Lake ownership and current policies. lake would encourage bathroom etiquette. Then, every aspect of each style of climbing wasassessed for possible environmental and social impacts. SUSTAINABILITY The Ascent/ Descent – This is the actual climbing orThe three styles of climbing at Lincoln Lake are: descending of the rock face. This can be characterized by Managed Systems- The creation of a management plan1.Bouldering permanent bolts drilled into the rock face, chalk stains and in a recreational area encourages the continuing use of the displacement of vegetation on rock. the land while also protecting the natural environment2.Trad climbing from overuse.3.Sport Climbing Most of the problems with the ascent arise from visual Tim Wixted Sport Climbs at Lincoln Lake Social Systems- In order to have a successfulWithin each of these styles of climbing, the environmental management plan, open communication between all disruptions like silver boltsand social impact of the following aspects of the climbing parties concerned must be encouraged. This means and the contrast between the being educated in a holistic way, from the perspective ofexperience was assessed: natural rock color and the management and climbers.-The approach white chalk stains embedded into the quartz sandstone. Natural Systems- It is possible to love our natural areas-The staging area Because safety should be to death. In order to keep enjoying the environment, we-The ascent first and foremost, the impact must understand our surroundings and our impact on our can be lessened, but not ecosystems we frequent.-The summit entirely diminished. Using-The descent Built Systems- Simple things like constructing a trail bolts with a dull luster and network, installing a permanent bathroom and new chalk that is the same color parking lots have to be evaluated in a deliberate way for This analysis was conducted through hiking to all of as the rock can help to blend these solutions to work properly.the current climbing sites around the lake and comparing the visual impact.them to standards such as Leave No Trace (LNT) and Communication betweenother rock climbing environmental and social studies. climbers and other patrons should be fostered to STUDENT IMPACT establish expectations and MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS encourage compromise.Here are some examples of solutions for the impacts In doing this project, I have learned to organize myof each of the aspects of rock climbing at Lincoln thoughts in a way that helps an area I want to protect andLake: An example of a chalked hold on a boulder problem at continue to use. Lincoln Lake.The approach- The approach can often be characterized I have learned about the current management ofby “climber trails,” which are unofficial trails that deviate The Summit- This aspect of climbing is mainly manifested in bouldering when concerning Lincoln Lake. Lincoln Lake and opened a communication networkfrom the main hiking trail system and can expedite Typically, during bouldering, climbers will “top out” a boulder, or climb over the top of a boulder. This process can between myself and management.erosional processes of the land surrounding a boulder or disrupt the delicate habitats that are on top of boulders. One method that can be encouraged would be “dropping off” (or not summiting) a boulder before climbing over the top, but this mindset may bot be widely I have gathered a holistic perspective that considerscliff band. excepted due to the competitive standards of the sport. However, education of the plants indigenous to the area possible negative impacts of an activity I greatly enjoy. IFor high traffic areas, LNT advises establishing one and their sensitive nature can be encouraged along with a healthy communication network between the climbing have gained a the confidence to defend my point of viewcentral trail to discourage further erosion and soil community and lake management. when considering all sides centered around rockcompaction. climbing.In low traffic areas, the method of dispersal when walking GENERAL MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS I have been equipped with an outlet for a cause I feeldoes not create a trail system and keeps the area -Fostering open communication between climbers and management is essential. Studies have shown that motivated and passionate about. In the future, this willminimally impacted by humans. (Leave No Trace) boulderers who communicate with management of bouldering sites and local climbing groups are more likely to give me a foundation to establish projects to better care for the natural areas the frequent (Frauman, 15-16) society and the environment on a larger scale. - Sign in sheets that encourage feedback from all patrons of the lake are necessary for all groups to be satisfied. This poster was prepared in partial fulfillment of SUST 4103 Sustainability Capstone