So... whats up with the tick marks people?!?
I was in Rocklands last week showing a buddy some of the bouldering and was pretty shocked to see a load of really massive tick marks all over some of the boulders.
I understand the use of tick marks but come on! this was crazy, these were stripes about 10-15cm long on every single hold no matter how obvious the holds were. If you are gonna make a mark you only really need a small spot unless its a hard to see dyno or around the corner type of hold. Even then why not clean your marks after climbing the boulder?
We spent a rest day cleaning boulders and were amazed to see how much better they looked after a little scrub (its strangely addictive too). All you need is some water in a spray bottle, an old rag or towel and a soft brush. Spray the marks and any other chalked holds while holding the rag under the mark to collect any run off. Use the brush to scrub any stubborn chalk.
Cleaning around you and cleaning the boulders after a session will help keep our areas looking natural and untouched and will probably help some of our access issues.
The pictures are of one the boulders we cleaned. Sorry about the quality it was taken with my phone. It was too dark to take an after cleaning photo too but trust me the boulder looked way better
This bouder was opposite the Wailing wall boulder at the riverside area.