I’ve never really been told that I could not go climbing. Yeah, I definitely had those rain-outs (or in some cases, snow-outs) but more often than not, you or your climbing partner say, “Hey, let’s not climbing today.”
Yesterday, however, was the first time I have been told that I could not go climbing. I was driving to Garden of the Gods Visitor Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado to go work. I am a climbing guide and I had a trip at 4pm. As I show up to the visitor center, there is a police barricade at the entrance and a policeman telling people the park is closed.
This closure, of course, was because of the Waldo Canyon fire, which erupted Saturday afternoon. The Garden of the Gods was not immediately threatened; it was just a precautionary measure.
I’m not sure how I feel about being told that I am not allowed to climb – especially with no immediate threat. Sometimes, though, you just have to do as you are told.