Sport Climbing Code of Conduct

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This is a loose code of conduct for sport climbing. It will be included in the forthcoming sport climbing guide to Scotland.

It needs to be targeted at the actual act of climbing and should ignore land access, warming up, etc

Here's a start:

  • Dont steal newer lower-off carabiners, replacing them with your old gear
  • Don't top-rope from fixed lower-offs - if you do they will wear out more quickly
  • Don't lower off with another, stationary rope left in place through the same lower-off you are using - doing so will melt the stationary rope
  • Having your clips in place on a particular route doesn't give you ownership of that route - still less the crag - for that day. Share with others who want to climb, and if the crag is busy be clear as to who wishes to try a given route and in what order they are to do so
  • Try to avoid leaving quickdraws or ropes on a route overnight - it draws attention
  • That said, it may occasionally happen that quickdraws are left on a route. Please don't treat this as an opportunity to add to your own rack. Stealing is stealing
  • Try to avoid tick-marking holds - if you think tick-marks are neccessary try to make them as inconspicuous as possible, and scrub them off when you have finished climbing
  • Report bolts or lower-offs that are in a dangerous state. (internet forum ???) Likewise with loose blocks. Mark them with a white cross
  • Remove litter - this includes chalk wrappers, used finger tape, broken toothbrushes, and if you spill chalk wash it away if you can
  • Repeated attempts on a route will progressively damage the first couple of metres of the rope. This will eventually result in the sheath tearing. If you can see the core of a rope, dont use it. Cut off the damaged section of the rope, or use the other end until you are able to cut away the damaged section
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