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.
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!
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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.