Leave No Trace - Climbing

PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
  • Minimize leaving fixed protection and anchors in the mountains. Review route descriptions to find out locations of rappels, belay stations, fixed pitons and other information that will assist you in planning your climb.
  • Motorized drilling is not allowed. Power drills and other motorized equipment are not permitted in the backcountry. Please consult with the Jenny Lake Climbing Ranger staff at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station prior to installing any new hardware.
  • Do not build cairns. Cairns may assist hikers and climbers with route-finding, but too many cairns create confusion and resource damage when hikers are incorrectly directed off-route.
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
  • Use established approach trails and routes.  Do not create new approaches or descent routes. Do not shortcut across switchbacks, this practice causes erosion and can destroy an otherwise good trail.
  • Protect the Alpine Environment.  Short growing seasons, wind, intense UV radiation, and heavy snow loads make life in the alpine zone precarious and fragile. Plants may take 300-500 years to recover once trampled or destroyed. Reduce your impacts on alpine vegetation by walking on rocks and staying on trails, when available.  Camp on durable surfaces like rock or snow and not on vegetation.
  • Disperse your footsteps when walking off-trail.  Do not walk in a single line through untrampled alpine vegetation.  Disperse your impacts to avoid creating a new trail.  When possible, walk on rocks, gravel, snow or other durable surfaces.
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
  • Clean  up tattered anchors.  Help keep the alpine environment pristine and clean up tattered anchors by cutting out worn pieces of webbing and cord from established anchors and packing it out.  Pack out any other trash or garbage you find on routes.  
  • Use Rest Stop Bags.  Pack out solid human waste and toilet paper on alpine climbs.  There is no good place to dig a cathole on alpine climbing routes and solid human waste left under rocks can last a long time in that environment. 
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
  • No Construction Zone.  Do not create new bivy sites by clearing ground and moving rocks. Camp on durable surfaces and use camp sites that have already been established.
  • Leave cultural resources unimpaired. Do not disturb historic or archaeological areas and structures. This includes old pitons and early climber caches and 'trash'.
  • Preserve rocks and routes. Scarring, chiseling or gluing holds is not permitted in the park.
RESPECT WILDLIFE
  • Route Sharing.  Climbing routes and peaks are closed at times.  Ask about nesting closures for raptors and other wildlife closures at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station.
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS
  • Be Courteous.  Let faster parties pass on climbing routes when safe to do so.
  • Get away from it all!  Choose routes that are less popular to help alleviate overcrowding.  Get an early start on climbs that are popular.