Getting fresh air and exercise is critical balm for the unparalleled health and economic stressors of the moment, so much so that going outside for recreation is specifically encouraged during Minnesota’s stay-at-home order. But how do we climb during this time of social distancing? Should we climb? Many are choosing not to, but if you are trying to decide, the DCC urges climbers to heed the following:
• Comply with local and statewide orders and closures instituted to “flatten the curve.”
• Do NOT travel to climb (rural communities along the North Shore are particularly vulnerable; medical resources in those places will be rapidly overwhelmed in the event of a surge).
• Practice social distancing!
• Be mindful of taking unnecessary risks, and the consequences an accident or injury could place upon front-line rescue and health care workers.
• Consider other relevant medical information, and the lack of it (i.e. how long the virus survives on impermeable surfaces—like rock, gear, etc.).
Finally, we want you to know that the DCC is not hitting pause during this crisis. Our board continues to communicate and meet, plan, and work in the virtual world. There are exciting things happening on a number of fronts with respect to Duluth climbing, so stay tuned for updates and long-anticipated developments. In Duluth, our climbing community is diverse, but united by a shared love for our crags and passions for our different climbing disciplines. We are all the Duluth Climbers Coalition, and it is not an exaggeration to say that as climbers, and as individuals, there has never been a greater need for us to act as a positive force in our community.