Respect the Dangers
Outdoor climbing poses many safety concerns that are not present in a climbing gym. Make sure that you are properly prepared for rock climbing outside.
• Learn necessary outdoor climbing skills from a guide/mentor Learn about the cliff: style, protection, difficulty, area hazards (i.e. poison ivy) Wear a helmet as rocks can break, yell “rock” if rock/gear fall Watch for sharp edges that can damage/cut rope when lowering/rappelling Inspect/clean your gear often. Replace when worn/expired Triple check and back up your systems (harness/knot/belays/ anchors/rappels) Communicate with your partner and other climbers Learn how to detect if fixed gear/bolts are safe • • • • • • •