Making the Transition from Gym to Crag:
In the Gym
At the Crag
Do this Instead!
|Loud music fuels your climbing session.||Loud music may disrupt others trying to enjoy the outdoors, including landowners.||Leave the speakers at home or at least turn them off when others are nearby.|
|Lowering off the top anchors is the norm.||Top anchors may not be regularly monitored for wear.||Minimize impact on top anchors when lowering.|
|Gym staff clean up chalk spills, and provide trash cans for bar wrappers and discarded finger tape.||Chalk spills and trash are your responsibility.||Clean up after yourself and pack out your trash.|
|You stash your pack and unused gear in a locker.||Sprawling gear can crush plant lift, trample sensitive soil, and disturb other climbing parties.||Be aware of where you’re dropping your gear and contain it as much as possible.|
|Fixed draws on lead routes are standard.||Landowners may not appreciate the visual impact of fixed draws.||Know the rules before you go, and don’t leave draws on your project unless they are allowed.|
|You do your business in the bathroom.||You do your business in the wild.||The best methods for human waste disposal vary depending on what kind of environment you’re climbing in. Know before you go: ontarioallianceofclimbers.ca/poop/.|
|Climbing in large groups is no big deal.||Climbing in large groups is not always appropriate, especially when the crag is crowded or in areas where access is sensitive.||Stay low profile—climb in pairs at crowded crags and in areas where access is sensitive.|
|Gyms implement rules and standards to encourage safety, but it’s the climber’s responsibility to double check gear and partners.||The great outdoors contains many natural elements that can create hazardous situations, and it’s the climber’s responsibility to manage those hazards.||Climbing is inherently dangerous inside and outside. Be aware, find a mentor, and double check your gear and your partners every time.|
Adapted, with permission, from a poster provided by the Access Fund. The gym is not just a crag without walls. Please use these responsible outdoor climbing practices at the crag.