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ERIC Number: ED342595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Park Managers Attitudes toward Climbing: Implications for Future Regulation.
Huffman, Michael G.; Harwell, Rick
This study examined park managers' attitudes toward adventure climbing and climbing regulations, especially concerning the management of: (1) conflicts (among visitors competing for use of the same resource); (2) impact on the environment; and (3) risk (i.e. implications for rescue and legal liability problems). Questionnaires were sent randomly to 100 managers of national, state, and local parks; 43 usable questionnaires were returned. Results of the survey indicated that almost 40 percent of the managers surveyed used some type of regulation in the management of climbing. Managers perceived climbing to be no different than other recreational activities with regard to the distribution and severity of environmental impact. Less than 89% of the areas studied had any record of visitor conflict involving climbers. Only 16.3% of the managers agreed that their staff is well trained to handle climbing accidents. Results indicated that 85.7% of the agencies who believed they were well trained to handle accidents regulated climbing while only 41.2% of the agencies who believed they were not well trained regulated climbing. While most managers were concerned with the search and rescue issues, they were not unduly alarmed about the possible legal outcomes of climbing. Over 67% of the managers believed that the climbers should pay for the cost of their own rescue. Decisions about whether or not to regulate climbing appeared to be based on liability and search-and-rescue related concerns rather than on concerns about environmental impacts or visitor conflicts. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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