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Climb On Message Board › Important message on Safety

Important message on Safety

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Patrick R
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Group Organizer
Berkeley, CA
Hello Everyone,

This group started mainly with finding gym partners in mind. There have been more and more outdoor climbs put on the calendar lately 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, be aware that you do so AT YOUR OWN RISK and you take FULL RESPONSIBILITY for your own safety. 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 and rope management classes to learn how to distinguish safe techniques from unsafe ones. Experience alone does not guarantee knowledge of best practices. Know what to look for and don't be afraid to ask why an anchor is set up the way it is or about rope management techniques. Assume that you will be trusting your life to the equipment and techniques being used. If you are uncomfortable with anything, stay on the ground, help out in other ways, don't put yourself at risk.

I highly recommend the anchoring classes put on by Richard Bothwell through the Bay Area Outdoor Rock Climbing 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 meetup unless I also happen to be the host for it.
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