Confirmed victory
Petitioning CEO, Mammut Sports Group AG Rolf G. Schmid and 4 others

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

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/

 

 

 

 

Letter to
CEO, Mammut Sports Group AG Rolf G. Schmid
La Sportiva, Italy La Sportiva S.p.A.
Red Bull Media House GmbH
and 2 others
Promoter for David Lama Peter Reinthaler
Red Bull GmbH Red Bull GmbH
I am saddened to learn that David Lama has returned to Patagonia to continue his effort from 2010 of free climbing the Compressor Route on Cerro Torre. During his last attempt, Lama and his Red Bull production crew made a complete mess of the mountain, adding dozens of bolts to the climb - often drilling next to cracks where ample gear placements could be had - and leaving trash draped on the mountain after their retreat. Per several climbers who are currently in Patagonia, David Lama has announced he will again be adding bolts to the route, albeit this time he will do so by first aid climbing to the summit and thereafter rappelling down the headwall and drilling bolts as he sees fit (bolts for David's attempt at the climb, and most likely bolts specifically for the film crew as well).

As a passionate climber, I find Lama's actions and plans completely unacceptable. They are in direct opposition to the local climbing ethics in Patagonia, as well as modern alpine climbing ethics in general. Cerro Torre is a monument among climbing peaks, it deserves better.

David Lama's ability to pursue these actions is largely possible due to the sponsorship support from your company. I am writing to ask you to cancel your sponsorship of Lama as a result of his actions and plans in Patagonia. This is a very important matter to me - so important that I commit to boycotting your company and its products as long as you continue your sponsorship of David Lama.

Please show your support for higher ethics in alpine climbing by canceling your sponsorship of David Lama.