As bouldering has become more popular, landing zones have become more elaborate. Here’s one of the most advanced structures I’ve yet seen. This brings up a number of interesting issues. If there are no land management rules otherwise, should virtually anything go? Does this reflect poorly on us as a user group, or does it open new and inspiring lines once thought impossible? What are we prioritizing as a group, our own selfish interests in climbing certain lines, or the natural world? Mountain bikers, in some instances, have made strong relationships with land managers to produce advanced and well built trails through the forest (reminiscent of the photo below) Should this kind of dramatic alteration be a template for the future of our sport, or is this an unsightly intrusion disrupting the natural world? Clearly this violates any kind of “Leave no Trace” ethic espoused by the Access Fund and it definitely violates “The Pact” seen here https://vimeo.com/110185527. Are climbers who signed “The Pact” willing to forgo climbing on such landings, and if they are not, what value does signing your name to such a document have? One great example here in the US are the landings which have been built up in Joe’s Valley. Problems like The Masterpiece, Mask of God, and The Last Great One come to mind. Many people throughout the years have enjoyed these boulders, yet some in the local community have been very outspoken against such dramatic alterations, for the reasons given above.