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Outdoor Safety for Climbers and Scramblers

From Rocky Mountain Rescue Group

Stewardship Thursday, September 21, 2023

It's easy to get into trouble outdoors. Learn how to stay safe when climbing, scrambling or otherwise enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.

Before You Go

  • Know your ability. Choose climbs that are within your ability, and seek further instruction if you’ve never climbed outside before. Be aware that scrambling without a rope always carries risk regardless of how easy the climbing may be. 
  • Tell someone where you’re going, what route you’re climbing and when you’ll be back.
  • Pack for safety. Always bring extra layers, water, and a light source. 
  • Check the forecast. Avoid being on the rock in summer afternoons, when thunderstorms are likely to form.
  • Plan your route and your exit. Familiarize yourself with the route you’re planning to climb, and identify options for bailing out. Always confirm your rope is long enough for the planned climb, and know whether the climb has a walk-off exit, or requires rappelling. 

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