NY Times On Climbing Restrictions In Cuba

I’m not sure what the average New York Times reader cares about rock climbing restrictions in any country let alone Cuba, but I think climbers will find this piece by Alex Lowther interesting:

In March, one guard, a congenial man in a green button-down shirt, said: “We don’t like to say climbing is prohibited. Climbing isn’t prohibited, because prohibited is an ugly word.”

But may one climb?

“No,” he said.

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5 Responses to NY Times On Climbing Restrictions In Cuba

  1. colin July 6, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    NYT is writing about climbing access issues? Am I in bizarro world? They should write an article about Minnewaska State Park; it’s in their backyard. It’s not as exotic as Cuba, though.

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  2. mike July 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    The article is about the politics of Cuba, not really access issues that climbers face.

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    • colin July 9, 2012 at 7:42 am #

      What? The article is explicitly about a seldom-enforced, nonsensical, government-imposed climbing ban, and how it applies differently to Cubans vs. tourists. A general critique of the Cuban government is your own inference.

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  3. Adam July 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    Sounds like it’s status quo down there… you’re not *supposed* to be climbing, but you can anyway as long as you keep a low profile. ie no cuba libre wall on sundays. don’t let this stop you from going, it is a beautiful place and the climbing is amazing and they can really use our support to help keep the fire burning.

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  4. elias July 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    you guys obviously don’t know what it is to live in a country where opinions and ideas don’t mean anything…… any idea at all. maybe a couple of days in a cuban jail would clear your minds. still…the fight continues….

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