Climbing bolts being removed from sacred Cave Rock
The U.S. Forest Service is removing climbing bolts from Cave Rock, a sacred site of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit developed a plan to ban climbing at the rock. The plan was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which cited the importance of the site to the tribe and to the nation as a whole.

Traditionally, only medicine men are allowed near Cave Rock. The site has been repeatedly defaced by climbers and other visitors.

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Long process led to climbing-bolt removal (The Tahoe Daily Tribune 5/4)

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