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Letter — Climbers’ effort is disingenuous

The climber’s letter regarding Cave Rock in the Daily Tribune’s Jan. 17 issue is illogical, saying that because the mountain below the cave was damaged in earlier times, damage to the cave itself should be allowed now.

Moreover, on its website the Access Fund instructs climber’s to make Cave Rock a religious issue. The effort is disingenuous. Religious sites are not eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. It is because Cave Rock is a traditional Washoe cultural property that it has been placed on the Register. It should be pointed out that while some climbers may have a spiritual experience at the site the names of their routes, including “Trash Dog,” “Slayer,” “Pootang,” “Shut the F___ Up and Climb,” “Cave Man” and “Psycho Monkey,” are not of a spiritual bent.

Michael J. Makley


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