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Letter — Climbers respect Washoe beliefs

Kudos to the Jan. 3 opinion regarding climbing access at Cave Rock. The author did a great job illustrating the feelings of many rock climbers in the Tahoe area and all over the world.

One point that was not mentioned was the success of voluntary closures in other access sensitive climbing areas. One example of this is Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. A voluntary closure is when climbers choose not to climb for a portion of the year in return for climbing privileges at other times. The voluntary closure at Devil’s Tower has significantly decreased the number of climbers who visit the park.

I believe that most climbers in the area would support a voluntary closure at Cave Rock in return for climbing privileges.



I respect the beliefs and spiritual connection of the Washoe Tribe with Cave Rock. I also feel that climbers have a spiritual connection with Cave Rock and would support any action allowing access to this rock gem.

Alex Kittrell




South Lake Tahoe


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