Photograph shows a 1,000-year-old petroglyph damaged by a Utah mountaineering bolt


A 36-year-old mountaineer stood almost in front 5,000-foot-high rock formation When he makes a regrettable mistake, he is trying to create a new route.

Colorado Springs mountaineer Richard Gilbert March in Moab, UtahAccording to the Colorado Springs Gazette.The place is a popular tourist destination Arches and Canyonlands National Park.. Known for its iconic desert landscape and thousands of miles of vast land.

The area has a rich history and some land formation Covered with native rock art.. When Gilbert visited in March, he added bolts to the Sunshine Slav to create a climbing route.

Gilbert told The Gazette that he had medically retired from the military and began bolting routes to make climbing easier for people with disabilities. Bolts are small pieces of metal that make it easier for some people to make rocks.

By adding a bolt he mistakenly Damaged 1,000 years old Petroglyphs, climbing reported. He thought it was graffiti.

First, Gilbert warned other climbers about vandalism in the area and asked them not to add any more.

“Graffiti-There is a fair amount of graffiti on this route,” Gilbert wrote in a user-created climbing database, according to Climbing. “Don’t add to it!”

A few weeks later, another climber found Bolt, Petroglyphs that do damage, Fox13 reported.

People were frightened that someone intentionally created a route on top of a rock painting or sculpture.

“I wouldn’t do that in the museum, but I wouldn’t go anywhere,” Climber Darin Ray, who discovered Bolt, told Fox 13.

A few Climbing group — Access Fund, American Alpine Club, Friends of Indian Creek, Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition — also issued a joint statement condemning the incident. They said it was important for climbers to understand the importance of petroglyphs.

“We cannot measure the cultural and spiritual value of these places. We firmly support our efforts to protect them,” the mountaineering group said in a joint statement. “We are currently contacting friends and partners in local and national tribes, mountaineering and land management communities to discuss how to best manage the situation and prevent such cases from recurring. . “

Gilbert he said Should have been more educated, And after learning what the “graffiti” really is, he returned to the scene to fill the bolt holes, according to Outside Magazine.

“That’s wrong. It shouldn’t have happened,” Gilbert told the magazine. “It’s a poor education on my part and I take full responsibility.”

He reported the mistake to Land Management Bureau staff, Who is currently investigating the case. It could be a violation of the Archaeological Resources Conservation Act, and the first offender could be fined $ 20,000 and sentenced to up to a year’s imprisonment, the Associated Press reported.

“It’s a little crazy,” Gilbert told The Gazette. “You are there, making some routes for disabled men and young children, and you are sitting in jail.”

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