The High Plains Society
Applied Anthropology
Is rock climbing a right? Some rock climbers would seem to think so when asked not to climb at certain times out of respect toward Native American sacred rock formations that now happen to be on public lands and have the status of traditional cultural properties (TCPs). Regarding self limiting climbing access, climbers are often sympathetic to a Native American community's TCP links or to those of other Native Americans, such as Alaska Natives or Native Hawaiians. Climbers have made accommodations to Native American requests. And they have honored those of federal land-managing agencies for the same reason of showing respect to Native Americans for their beliefs by not climbing. However, there is a precept in the climbing community of an individual climber's right to climb as spiritual activity. This paper examines climbers' perspectives regarding their TCP relations and reviews two promising alternative to more contentious forms of problem resolution on climbing access. 

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