MMclimbhigh Posted February 17, 2015 Share Posted February 17, 2015 (edited) We were all there......... We loved Vantage. But, were disheartened to see folks, every morning, sneaking off behind the sage to conduct the morning business meeting. Those of us who really cared, used the tried-and-true blue bag method. Others simply used the really-bad-plan of covering up their waste with a rock. Our dogs would find said rock and push it aside to have a mid day snack. Mmmmm...... We pushed hard for a bathroom, raised some money, jumped through the necessary hoops and celebrated our success. But, the unforeseen has happened! Along with the nice, sanitary new restroom comes an entirely new set of problems. Chief complaint.........ridiculously insane overcrowding!!!! Just because there is a place to take a shit in the morning, certainly doesn't mean that you can bring your entire family, neighbors and their families, friends on FaceBook, the stranger at the store, the weirdo at the rest stop and every other freakin' human being along with you to go 'climbing' at this great little place called Vantage! We've all dealt with the random crowds at the Coulee, but seriously folks, this is getting WAY out of hand. The place is simply being loved to death. There are idiots and their kids camping in every square inch of property to the South side of the Feathers. Hipsters, kids, dogs, gym climbers, college students, kids, wankers and wannabes busting the crust in every conceivable direction! What would normally only happen during a DMB concert at the gorge, now looks your everyday standard weekend at Frenchmans. The place is just disgustingly overcrowded. I've personally vowed to never return on a weekend. Although, I've recently been told, that the place was that crowded on a Tuesday in February. Full parking lots upper and lower. Crazy We now need to start talking/thinking about regulating the camping at this magical place. The environment simply can't sustain that amount of humans. Maybe whittle down the number of campsites? Maybe charge for camping? Maybe open up some more camping in Echo Coulee? Maybe chop all the bolts and create a trad only area!? Whatever the solution may be, we need to figure something out. The crowds are destructive, dangerous and seriously annoying. OK, I'll get off my soapbox now. But seriously folks, let's explore some ideas to help protect this fragile, beautiful environment! Long live Vantage!! Peace, MM Edited February 17, 2015 by MMclimbhigh Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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