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Mountaineers ignore ban to climb sacred Native American monument | The Independent

6.8.17

Mountaineers ignore ban to climb sacred Native American monument | The Independent: Speaking to Wyoming Public Media, Reid said: “June was the selected month. And they wanted people to abstain from climbing out of respect for the sacred site status, and the cultural significance of the tower to 25-plus tribes in the intermountain area.”

When it was first implemented in June 1995, the scheme worked very successfully, reducing the number of climbers from 1,200 to 167, according to data from the National Parks Service.

But climbers have begun to flout the voluntary code in recent years. Last year, 373 people climbed the tower in June.


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