Thank you for visiting Finland’s most important rock climbing destination. But, I want to underline certain very important rules concerning camping at Olhava and generally in our national/nature parks.
I was climbing at Olhava on May 3rd t - May 6th and met an extremely unpleasant scenery when entering the “Olhava climbers camp” at the half-island below the cliff. Somebody had obviously abandoned part of his /her base camp and left it with lots of trashes lying all over the place. There was a green tarp, which was full of holes due to illegal fire on the beach, a fish holster, a water canister, a plastic wastes and food left-overs spread around 30 square meters. All plastic wastes had Russian labels and among them there was also a ruined titanium ice screw. Therefore, my strong guess is that the litters must have been climbers from Russia.
Well, who ever it was, it actually does not matter, but the main point is that all bad behavior is directly connected to all climbers from the point of view of park authorities and the passers by. The cliff is visited almost on a daily basis during the season by normal day tourists who come to see the cliffs. All these people walk past the Olhava base camp and surely, if the place looks like a dump, it is not left unnoticed.
This kind of behavior can have dramatic changes in the park policy as to climbers and their rights which already now are restricted and carefully controlled. Olhava is the only cliff in Finland in this size and quality. Loosing the access permission there would be a tremendous lost for the whole sport in Finland.
Please, respect the Finnish law and national-park rules whenever climbing at Olhava (and all other cliffs). Here are some basic rules and more can be found at http://www.luontoon.fi
-The so called “every mans right” is a precious old Scandinavian principle, which however does not mean, that you can do whatever you wish to do where ever, especially in nature and in national parks.
-Making a fire is only permitted in designated campfire places; in all other cases you must ask separately the permission from the land owner and local Fire authorities. When a forest-fire warning is on, it is absolutely forbidden to make any fire outside the designated fire places and even then, the common sense and special care must be undertaken.
-Leave no marks of your visit; take all waste, including food left-overs (do not think that animals will eat them) with you. For human waste use designated dry-lavatories or dig a small hole in the ground, away from the camps, trails etc. and fill it with dirt afterwards. Do not pee directly into lakes, but on the ground. Same applies to dish-water; do not pour it directly into lake, but instead into the same hole where your own waste goes to.
-Do not abandon or leave around any equipment, thinking that somebody will use them or some “park-workers” will clean the place, as there is no such system. What ever you bring with you, you are capable of taking it away as well. The future of our national/nature parks and recreational areas, including climbing crags, lies in our own hands.
Additionally, making of new routes is always under permission. Do not alternate old routes, do not dry tool or techno if the route/cliff is not meant for that.
My meaning is not to point out anybody or any nationality, I just want to express my deep worries concerning the future use of our crags, there are also many Finns who obviously don't understand the importance of these things and for example car parking politics at crags, which easily leads to acces problems.
Thank you and enjoy our clean environment!
PS If the owner of this tarp mentioned below wants it back, contact this forum.