GYM TO CRAG
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.