AMCI Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) 2002
One of the common reasons we share for climbing mountains is our desire to be close to nature. The beauty of wild places frequently becomes their undoing as they attract visitors--leaving the landscape touched by human hands and eventually less than wild. As mountaineers travelling in the wilderness, the privileges we enjoy in the mountains bring the responsibility to help preserve the environment we love for present and future generations.
Climb Ethics or code of conduct, is the observance of desirable or proper behavior characterized by respect, concern and consideration for fellow climbers, the environment and the community.
AREAS OF CONCERN
1. Before we climb...
Proper Climb Anticipation
In a local community
Local cultural sensitivity. Learn about the community beforehand and keep in mind that we are visitors to their area. This would help us inderstand and respect the people's culture.
We must refrain from disrupting normal trade, thus, creating an imbalance in a community's economy.
2. During a climb...
We climb mountains to appreciate nature at its best. To ensure the enjoyment of nature, we should exert efforts to preserve that which we want to appreciate. We should observe and plan proper climb procedures to achieve Low-Impact Mountaineering (LIM) and proper garbage disposal.
Low Impact Mountaineering (LIM)
-mountaineering with the least impact on the environment.
Low-impact mountaineering can be implemented regardless of the number of climbers as long as everyone is fully conscious of the fragile balance of nature and the importance of leaving the mountain in its original state as much as possible.
Some low-impact practices are as follows:
Interaction with fellow mountaineers
In the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie, we should establish and strengthen our ties with our fellow mountaineers by behaving with propriety.
3. After the climb...
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