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Postby dadndave » Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:26 am

What about Tussock Grass? Ok that's another story.

Anyway, we have this really nice brown lichen that's really grippy on the local rhyolite - er, that is until there's an afternoon rainstorm which turns the damned stuff into pigshit .
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Postby The Chief » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:29 pm

Climb around or over it!

Lichens are in fact the OLDEST living organisms on this planet and indeed require our respect. Most that we encounter out there are over 500 years old.

Remember, we as climbers are just visitors and passing through. We must adhere to and be the LNT philosophy ambassadors for all others to follow.

We all must respect the environment... all of it!
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Postby dadndave » Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:08 am

I certainly agree with your sentiments Chief (and DMT). However our tropical climate with it's associated high rainfall means our local hills and cliffs are covered with it. (It's a kind of red-brown colour) It would literally be impossible to climb without handling it or treading on it around here. It seems to recover pretty well after being damaged - except on the heavily trafficked "tourist" routes of course.
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