It has been shown that the tools used when rock climbing can damage the rock face. When compared to areas that have not been climbed, the vegetation is siginificantly effected on the cliff faces that have been climbed. In fact these have 4% of the vegetation of unclimbed faces. Typically the damage is not malicious, but can only be stopped by closing the face to climbing.
There is another perspective from which to look at that shows how rock climbing can be eco friendly. Eco-therapists and eco-psychologist encourage people to spend more time outdoors and connecting with nature. That helps both physical and mental health, while making people more aware and appreciate of their surroundings. Taking time to go outdoors and connecting with nature in any form, such as rock climbing, can be good for the body, mind, and soul.
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