- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

THURMONT, Md. (AP) - The National Park Service is lifting restrictions on boulder-climbing at Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont.

Park Superintendent Rick Slade said in a statement Thursday that park managers worked with climbing groups to reverse a permit rule that was implemented in the spring of 2014.

Bouldering is a form of rock climbing without ropes or harnesses.

The new policy no longer requires bouldering enthusiasts to obtain permits. Slade says permits are still required for technical climbing with ropes.

Bouldering enthusiast Chris Irwin of Mid Atlantic Climbers says members of his group are eager to take advantage of the restored climbing access.

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