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When you transition from gym to crag, stay aware that you are mov­ing from a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment to a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment where you have to do more risk man­age­ment. Many gyms of­fer transition cour­ses to teach the in­stal­la­tion of top-rope an­chors, be­lay­ing at the crag and trail ethics.

Buy a hel­met and wear it. It’s proven that hel­mets save lives and there are so many stylish and light hel­mets on the mar­ket now that there’s no ex­cuse.

In the spring, crags might have loose rocks from the freeze/thaw dur­ing the win­ter. Bring a wrench in case bolts have loos­ened.

Don’t hog a route if there are people wait­ing. There’s only so much rock to go around so be sure to share.

If you’ve go­ing boul­der­ing, watch for poor land­ing zones and bring enough pads. Ed­u­cate your­self on the risks of fall­ing and be sure your spot­ter knows what they’re do­ing.

Don’t go trad climb­ing un­til you’ve had proper in­struc­tions on how to do it. Hire a guide to teach you.

Leave the mu­sic in the car, pack out what you pack in and if you can’t con­trol your dog then leave the pups at home. Loud and ag­gres­sive dogs make people un­com­fort­able at crags.

Al­ways have a plan-b be­cause there are count­less other climbers that might be head­ing out to where you’re head­ing.

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