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We the undersigned oppose proposed plans to ban the use of fixed and removable climbing anchors and the use or possession of "hand drying agents" from lavatube caves in the Deschutes National Forest or any similar ban on these important tools of rock climbers and mountaineers from any Forest Service Lands.
Notwithstanding a sincere and sustained desire to preserve and protect the pristine nature and quality of wilderness throughout the U.S., we assert that these tools are vital to the safety and welfare of climbers and therefore implicitly permitted by recognition of the fact that rock climbing and mountaineering are established and significant historical uses of wilderness. We further assert that by their presence and history rock-climbing and mountaineering have contributed invaluable ideals and ethics to the public's general awareness and appreciation of wilderness and that by the prohibition through these means, of climbers from pursuing their recreation, the Forest Service would be deliberately and irresponsibly rejecting the largest and strongest group of allies available to them in pursuing reasonable and achievable goals of wilderness preservation to the detriment and expense of future generations.
We strongly urge you to consider and accept those reasonable alternatives to these measures put forward by many concerned groups and individuals.
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