The Basics of Rock Climbing Safety
- It is always a good idea to leave a trip itinerary with a responsible person before you head out with an estimated return time.
- Make sure you have all the necessary food, water, and clothing, along with any other important personal equipment that you might need.
- Rock climbing is a naturally dangerous sport that can lead to near fatal or fatal accidents. If done without proper equipment and training, or an experienced facilitator, you are just about guaranteeing injury or maybe even your demise.
- Any person that is willing to go rock climbing on their own, and furthermore, any person that uses this information is assuming their own risk. The information contained within this page is for educational purposes only and Asheville Now and the author will not be held accountable for anything you do with this guide.
- We highly recommend that you seek proper instruction and training before attempting any rock climbing.
- It is also very important to know your skill level (especially in terms of lead climbing).
- Additionally, if you are climbing with a partner you must know the skill level of your partner and have a high level of trust with this individual. This is not to be taken lightly. Every time you hit the rock face you are potentially putting your life in your partner's hands, and therefore you need to ask yourself, "Can this person keep me safe while climbing?"
- Natural Hazards may include but are not limited to weather concerns, potential rock fall (which is the most common way people get injured), steep slopes, loose rocks, cliff edges, poisonous plants and animals…and this can apply to the approach alone.
- Being Safe on the rock is paramount. Inspecting equipment regularly, double checking knots, buckles & anchor systems, using proper commands, and following up to date safety practices is important. Using common sense and not compromising safety, to satiate your ego, is what will allow you to enjoy rock climbing for years to come. Free soloing is discouraged, and the author thoroughly recommends the buddy system. However, the author has been known to go bouldering with his dog, Lily.