As a climber, I have used and loved guidebooks my whole life. What I did not know was the power of the messages behind the pages.
Arnaud is well known for his little adventure on his backyard when he climbed "Black Bean" on traditional gear in Ceüse.
Another great way to practice responsible tourism is to connect with local climbers. Although there is a lot of research one can find on the internet prior to a trip, there is no substitute for having a local community member help you navigate the policies, culture, and landscape in this new location.
These days, most people learn how to climb at an indoor gym where they fail to acquire the correct skills to sport climb safely outdoors. Maurizio Ovilgia's latest book teaches you everything you need to know to sport climb safely, from how to recognise unsafe fixed gear to the unspoken rules and ethics of the sport.
"I like to think of inclusion as a chain where everything is linked. It’s not just about the attitude of the climbing community in a certain area, but about the culture, the education we receive and whether women feel supported in society more broadly."