• Petitioned Rolf G. Schmid

This petition was delivered to:

CEO, Mammut Sports Group AG
Rolf G. Schmid
La Sportiva, Italy
La Sportiva S.p.A.
Red Bull Media House GmbH
Promoter for David Lama
Peter Reinthaler
Red Bull GmbH
Red Bull GmbH

Tell David Lama's Sponsors to Stop their Support of his Bolting Actions on Cerro Torre

    1. Erik Werner
    2. Petition by

      Erik Werner

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February 2011

Victory

Cerro Torre—a harsh peak among South America's Patagonian ice fields—is held sacred by alpine mountain climbers. That's why the climbing community sought to stop David Lama's Red Bull-sponsored expedition from desecrating the mountain. Their Change.org petition gathered more than 1,000 signatures in less than a week as it circulated in online forums.

They made their case: While waiting out a snow storm in far-flung Patagonia, David Lama updated his blog to say he would refrain from using his controversial climbing technique. Erik Werner, an avid U.S.-based climber, said he started the petition "to help the community channel and focus it's already passionate voice in a singular direction and, two, to provide an easy way for people to make their voice heard." Congratulations, David Lama heard that voice.

UPDATE (31 Jan 2011): Great news from Patagonia.  As many of you by now have heard, David Lama has decided not to pursue any rap-bolting tactics on Cerro Torre.  Per his blog: "…I’ll refrain from bolting in rap-style. Should variations from the original compressor route be necessary for a free climbing attempt I will have to do that on lead…".  In addition to that update, word is that the guides for Lama's expedition's have successfully removed the remaining bolts placed during last year's attempt of the route.  Truly great news.

As the end objective for this petition has been reached, we will be closing it effective immediately.  Thank you all for lending your signatures and voices to this effort.  And thank you as well to David Lama for being willing to modify your plans - we genuinely wish you the best of luck (and weather) for your climb.

 

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[Original Petition]

If you arrived on this page, you know the deal - David Lama is back in Patagonia with his Red Bull film crew to have another go at freeing the Compressor Route on Cerro Torre.  Last time around they made a complete mess of the place, adding dozens of bolts to the climb, often times next to perfectly solid gear placements, and leaving trash all over the peak after their retreat.  Word is that this time around Lama is planning on aiding to the summit and then rap bolting the headwall (http://colinhaley.blogspot.com/).  You read that correctly, rap bolting Cerro Torre.

As a climbing community we find Lama's plans/actions unacceptable.  They are in direct opposition to local climbing ethics in Patagonia, as well as modern alpine climbing ethics in general.  

David Lama's ability to pursue these actions on Cerro Torre is largely possibly through the monetary and product support he receives from his sponsors.  Listed on his website, they include: Red Bull, Mammut, and La Sportiva.  Ask these companies to cancel their sponsorship of Lama as a result of his actions/plans, and commit to boycotting their products as long as they remain associated with Lama.

 

By signing this petition, letters will automatically be sent to the following:

- Rolf G. Schmid, CEO of Mammut Sports Group AG

- La Sportiva S.p.A. in Italy

- Red Bull GmbH

- Red Bull Media House GmbH

- Peter Reinthaler, Promoter for David Lama

 

This letter can be sent as-is or you can customize it as you wish.  

 

Thank you all for your support!

 

For more information re:Dave Lama and his actions on Cerro Torre:

http://colinhaley.blogspot.com/

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1319502/Bolts-chopped-on-Cerro-Torre

http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web10s/newswire-david-lama-compressor-bolts 
http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web10x/newswire-lama-speaks-compressor 
http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web10f/newswire-flash-bolts-cut
http://kellycordes.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/cerro-torre-david-lama-and-red-bullshit/

 

 

 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Erik Werner
      Petition Organizer

      UPDATE (31 Jan 2011): Great news from Patagonia. As many of you by now have heard, David Lama has decided not to pursue any rap-bolting tactics on Cerro Torre. Per his blog: "…I’ll refrain from bolting in rap-style. Should variations from the original compressor route be necessary for a free climbing attempt I will have to do that on lead…". In addition to that update, word is that the guides for Lama's expedition's have successfully removed the remaining bolts placed during last year's attempt of the route. Truly great news.

      As the end objective for this petition has been reached, we will be closing it effective immediately. Thank you all for lending your signatures and voices to this effort. And thank you as well to David Lama for being willing to modify your plans - we genuinely wish you the best of luck (and weather) for your climb.

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    • Josh Higgins SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Breaking tradition for dollars is about as weak as it gets. Lama's actions in Patagonia, adding unnecessary bolts to an existing line, sometimes next to cracks, is a sad way to get publicity. Please stop supporting these actions and ask him to stop.

      Thank you,

      Josh

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