Safety Tips You Must Observe When Climbing

Research has estimated that around 25 million globally people enjoy the thrill of rock and mountain climbing annually. Climbing is not only a sport that keeps the body and muscles healthy, but it also helps with entertainment and enables you to enjoy the beauty of nature from a new height.


However, as enjoyable as it is, some people have gotten hurt, and others even died while climbing.Whether you are practicing at a climbing course or hitting the mountains, there are always safety measures to be taken if you are looking forward to enjoying a good climb.


1. Have Enough And Necessary Gear


Climbing, just like any other sports, has some gear to ensure your safety and ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable climb.


While the guidebook is an excellent place to start when gathering equipment, do not always rely just on that information. You can add other equipment that you feel will make your climb better. It is better to have more equipment than less.


One of the essential ones is a helmet. While we may not always expect a fall during climbing, it is necessary to ensure that you have safety measures in place.


Having a climbing helmet on will keep your head safe from the impact of a fall. It also protects you from hitting a rock if you slip on a loose rock and flip. Other essential pieces of equipment include gloves, climbing shoes, chalk and chalk bag, and carabiners.


2. Checking Your Harnesses, Belays, And Knots


One of the biggest mistakes that a climber can make is climbing with a loose rope. Always double check to ensure that your rope is threaded correctly and securely through the belay. Also, ensure that your carabiners are locked before climbing.


Another thing to check before taking route is the belay’s and climber’s harness to ensure that you have buckled back their buckles. You should also ensure that the leg loops are sung.


Knots are also an essential part of climbing safety. Ensure that your lead climbers’ tie-in-knot, normally a figure-eight-follow-through, is correctly tied and secured with a small backup knot.


Confirm that your rope is correctly threaded through the legs and waist loops on your harness.


3. Ensure You Have A Long Rope


Your climbing rope should be long enough to reach the safety anchors above you and can lower you back down safely. If you are on multi-pitch routes, ensure that your rope can reach the belay ledge.


If you are not sure if your rope will be long enough, have a stopper knot at the end of your rope to ensure that you do not fall off.


4. Always Be Keen And Don’t Be Overconfident With Your Skill Level.


How many times you have gone climbing may make you a good climber, but you must understand that not all climbs will be the same. The level of confidence that the ability to climb gives you may cause many safety issues.


Always ensure that you are keen on every step and study the rocks properly before putting all your weight on them. You should also be on the lookout for any falling debris and rocks, especially if you are climbing during or after the rainy season.


5. Always Communicate


If you are climbing as a team or even alone, ensure that you communicate correctly and clearly to the people you are climbing with or those on the ground. If you are climbing with somebody, ensure that you are on the same page before leaving the ground.


Have a common ground if you plan to repel, lower off draws, etc. If you have a leader on the climb, always ensure not to take them off the belay unless they ask you to. You have to listen to them carefully and ask for clarification to avoid any accidents.