Wyoming Climbers Use Education to Reduce Human Waste at Crags
- Local Champion: Central Wyoming Climbers' Alliance
- Date Funded: December 17, 2021
- Grant Amount: $2,410
Lander’s world-class rock climbing destinations have seen a dramatic increase in use over the past few years. This uptick has led to an icky problem: increased improper disposal of human waste, which can pollute water sources and spread disease. Most Lander area crags are up to a one-hour hike from the nearest parking areas and toilet facilities; inevitably, climbers need to use the restroom during the day, but many don’t know or practice Leave No Trace principles for proper waste disposal. To solve this public health risk, volunteers from the Central Wyoming Climbers’ Alliance approached LOR for funding to support the construction of six waste disposal education stations equipped with WAG (waste alleviation and gelling) bags for climbers to use.