|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.