Safety on the Walll

 Most injuries occur in the bouldering areas.


The foam matting  reduces impact, it does not prevent injury.


One climber falling on another can cause serious injuries..


To boulder is the greatest risk.

What can the child beneath be feeling

When fifteen stone drops from the ceiling.

Can you justify that move so bold

To that elusive tiny hold

Without a glance below to check?

Excuses flow but in all truth

I just wanted all of them to see

Those friends who thought so much of me.

But inside me now, I was, I know

Too high, too close, too tired, too slow.

Why was she there? I hear you whine.

The crippled girl was only nine.

Bouldering Safety

Always climb down    Do not jump


When falling, avoid twisting. Bbend your knees on landing.


Never climb under or over another climber


Keep at least 1.5 m away from other climbers.


Check below before you make a challenging move.


Be careful when climbing close to the edge of the safety mat.


Stop when your hands can rip the top holds.


Empty your your pockets . No clips on chalk bags.


No Jewellery on hands nothing round neck



Top Rope  Safety

Harness buckles and fit.


Rope fitted to belay device correctly


Screwgate secured by squeezing the gate not twisting


The rope is not twisted and through karabiner


Climber and belayer on the same rope.


Belayers harness secure and correctly fitted


No jewelry,  secure hair


Be aware of the Max Feet line


Do not distract Belayer



Back country or indoor wall

It does not matter where you fall

Check your knot and your ATC

Do it and you may just foresee

The slip about to cause you strife

To spoil your hour, your day, your life.

The right procedure will ensure

Your climbing will for long endure

No epitaph that we all dread:

‘Great climber, but unfortunately dead’

Staying Alive on the Crag


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