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Important message on Safety

From: Patrick R
Sent on: Monday, October 4, 2010 1:28 PM
Hello Everyone,

This group started mainly with finding gym partners in mind. There have been a few outdoor climbs put on the calendar too. That's great, and I'm happy that people are using the group to connect with other climbers.

*** AT YOUR OWN RISK ***

If you participate in an outdoor (or even indoor) climb, please be aware that you do so AT YOUR OWN RISK. There is a wide range of experience in the membership. Definitely check out the profile of the person hosting an outdoor climb and don't be afraid to ask them questions. Be wary of a host who is non-responsive, evasive, or vague. Safety in the gym is fairly well-enforced, but never take it on faith outdoors.

It is STRONGLY recommended that you take an anchoring class to learn how to distinguish a safe anchor from an unsafe one. Experience alone does not guarantee knowledge of best practices, so know what to look for and don't be afraid to ask why an anchor is set up the way it is. Assume that you will be trusting your life to that anchor. If you are uncomfortable with it, don't climb on it.

I highly recommend the anchoring classes put on by Richard Bothwell through the Bay Area Outdoor Rock Climing group. I've taken two of them myself and I think they are highly effective. Richard is a certified AMGA mountain guide and the owner of the Outdoor Adventure Club. Through the meetup group, you get significant discounts on classes and you'll also meet some pretty cool people.

Be safe and Climb On!

- Patrick Rogers

PS: I run the Climb On group but I don't set up all the climbs. For info on a particular climb, get in touch with the Host identified at the top of the page for that climb. I am not the best contact for a climb unless I also happen to be the host for it.

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