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Tips to Stay Safe while Climbing

From the National Park Service

Stewardship Thursday, September 21, 2023

Climbers assume responsibility for their personal safety and must have the appropriate skill and equipment for the route, conditions, weather and season.

Climb within your ability level.

Do not climb unless you have the proper training and skills to keep you safe. Climbing conditions and the required skills can vary drastically from one site to another. If you are unsure whether you or your party have the required skills, hire a guide or get professional training.

Double-check your anchors, knots, harnesses, and all other safety equipment including fixed gear.

Make sure you have the proper gear and that it is undamaged before you start a climb. . Parks retain the right to remove bolts in areas/zones where they are prohibited and/or when placed without proper authorization. (link to fixed anchors regs).

Have a plan.

Do you know what to do if someone gets injured, weather changes, or the trip is taking longer than planned? Preparing before your trip will help you make a smart decision when the moment arrives. Be sure to set a turn around time and stick to it. Ensure someone else know your trip plans.

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