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Climbing Safety Tips

In order to climb as safely as possible, follow the safety guidelins of Adam Ondra and Stefano Ghisolfi:

  1. Always wear a helmet when climbing or standing at the base of the crag to protect yourself fromfalling rocks or unprotected falls.
  2. Before you begin a climb, check each other’s safety gear: harness,quick-draws, knots and position ofthe belay device.
  3. It is not a playground, so unless they are climbing, keep children away from the foot of the crag.
  4. Clip on to all the bolts along the route. Falls are always possible even on the easiest sections.
  5. Never climb unsecured beyond the first anchor.
  6. Always lock the screwgate carabiner at the lower-off point.
  7. Only stand at the base of a crag as long as strictly necessary for climbing or belaying and, even then, avoid standing directly beneath those climbing and always be aware of climbers on the crag.
  8. Always check the condition of protection material on the climb, especially the wear and tear onlower-off carabiners. If in doubt, double up with a carabiner of your own. It’s better to sacrifice somegear than take a potential risk.
  9. If you go bouldering, use a crash pad and spotting techniques, make sure that the fall area is level andfree of danger. Limit the height of the climb according to the landing terrain and in any case never gomore than 4 metres above the ground.
  10. Remove any rings or bracelets which could cause serious injury if they got caught on the rock.
  11. When top roping always check that the screwgate carabiner at the top anchor is screwed shut.
  12. Only climb with an expert unless you have plenty of experience in the use of safety gear and techniques.
 

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