Unfortunately, climbing on ancient stones has taken on an even worse twist. Some prat has decided to dry-tool on Copt Howe. This is the site of the rock-art on the boulders in Great Langdale. Dry-tooling involves climbing ice-free rocks with ice-axes and crampons. Apparently, the rocks have been damaged, but not the rock-art - yet.
There's been a bit of an argumentative "debate" on the UK Climbing website, for which I've added the link below:-
Strange how the ones who are pro...complain that there are insufficient other places to practice their hobby....except for "cold shitty quarries"...maybe they should get centrally heated indoor venues or better still do it on their Wiis. I note that one poster claimed that this practice had been going on since the stones were erected. Wouldn't it be interesting to see a set of iron age crampons :0o