Hangdog is located in the heart of what could be called one of the most scenic, alternative and eco friendly communities in the country, and as such there is a very strong emphasis on environmental conservation. Any outdoors person caught disrespecting his or her environment will be doing the collective camp dishes for a week. Water should be used sparingly, use the provided recycling and rubbish system’s, burn only DRY firewood, and the ground is not your ashtray.
Paines Ford is a Department of Conservation (DOC) Scenic Reserve, and as such, no matter how much fun you might be having, when you are climbing here the environment and it’s protection should always come first.
The reserve plays host to a rare and diverse ecosystem, and as such we are privileged have permission from DOC to climb there. We must all do our part to ensure that this privilege is not taken away. Please note the following points:
The cliffs of Paines Ford are part of a large outcropping of the limestone bedrock that forms much of lowland Golden Bay. A commonly seen feature of this limestone is something called a “flowstone”, where mineral-rich waters are running down the faces and slowly harden layer by layer, until it looks like the stone is “flowing” downwards. Some of these flowstone formations are still active and while they may look like fun lines to climb they are extremely fragile, slow growing and slimy. In short, DO NOT CLIMB THEM.
For those interested in the ecology of the reserve there are copies of the recent survey of the bluff systems of Paines Ford available to read at the Hangdog Office.
Thanks team, let’s keep it green.