A Statement on our Underground Project:As climbers, we take great care in our approach to our natural playground. The very ethos of being a trad-climber is defined by its ‘leave no trace’ philosophy and this is a guiding principle that runs through everything we do, not just as climbers, but as people.As professional athletes, we’re privileged to have the opportunity to explore the world around us, to go to places rarely touched by human hand and experience nature at its wildest. We recognise with this privilege comes a responsibility to ensure we not only leave no trace, but to actively help promote good environmental practices through our content.Throughout many years of exploration, we have always made a concentrated effort to educate ourselves on, and adhere to, local ethics, practises and traditions. We do this by seeking expert advice from different fields before undertaking any expedition. Our recent Underground Project was no exception and we followed guidance from experienced caving experts. Whilst we felt safe in the knowledge that we had the support and guidance of local experts, we are now aware that our understanding of the diverse caving practises and conservation efforts on a global level were limited.We’d like to, not only, apologise for causing concern in the caving community, but take steps to educate ourselves and other climbers on the importance of cave structures and ethics. We are now speaking with both local and global caving associations to organise educational sessions for ourselves and other climbers to be better informed and educated on the issue, and will be proactively looking at other ways we can help preserve and protect caves and cave structures in any future exploration. As ever, we continue to learn and grow and appreciate the diverse communities we connect with. We will share more details on our actions to support the world of caving as soon as we can.
It looks a lot from FB like their mate Phil Bence, who is a caver (supposedly at least), told them this was fine. So basically it looks like they were horribly mislead by someone who should have known better. In other words, direct your vitriol not at the climbers who didn't know better, but the caver who told them this was fine... (and then put up a spirited defence on FB arguing this)
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