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.
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
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