Climbing Safety Rules


Climbing Safety Rules

Climbing is an extreme sport that consists of climbing along a wall via a path, called a “climbing path”, to reach the top of a rock, a mountain, a block of wall ice or an artificial structure (block, climbing wall) with or without the aid of equipment. This sporting activity is considered dangerous because the slightest mistake can cause the climber to fall and cause serious injury or even death in some cases.

Climbing Safety Rules
Climbing Safety Rules

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced climber, it is essential to know and respect safety techniques. Learn here about the different types of climbing you can practice, the risks of this extreme sport experienced by climbers, and the basic safety rules to indulge in the pleasures of climbing safely.

Climbing Safety Rules For Practicing Block Climbing, Difficulty And Speed Without Danger

If you want to practice climbing completely independently, it is essential to have knowledge of safety techniques. Good training is by far the best guarantee of safety. In case you start, you must contact a club or a professional to start your initiation. Do not overestimate your physical and mental abilities by going directly up a rock without training, because the mountain mistake is not forgiving and can be fatal. This reminder is also valid for experienced climbers or other climbers of the extreme, we must never forget the climbing safety rules imposed.

Learning About The Basics Of Climbing Safety

First, climbing with rope, speed or difficulty must be practiced by two minimum partners, a climber and at least one insurer (2 for speed events). Even though each partner has a specific role and a specific mission, they are totally interdependent. There is a real co-responsibility between the climber and the insurer(s) of their actions, and therefore of their safety. Good communication between the rope companions is therefore fundamental.

Other Considerations At Play

Concerning climbing on a block (without a rope), the practitioner occupies, in turn, different roles: climber, then betrayer, then in rest or waiting for the position. The “blocker” has some responsibility for safety and must remain constantly vigilant in the reception area (when he is a climber or partner) and the waiting or rest area.

Choose Climbing Routes Adapted To Your Level

It is important to inform yourself and select climbing routes that really correspond to your level of practice and that of your teammates. Do not go climbing Mont Blanc without being physically and mentally prepared, otherwise, you risk leaving your life and that of your partners.

Climbing Safety – Always Wear A Helmet

The helmet is vital because it protects you from falls of stones or materials, as well as the possible shocks during a fall. All climbing practitioners (climbers, insurers, coaching) must wear a helmet. This security requirement is also required for all professionals of the FFME and its structures (federations, committees, clubs).

Climbing Safety With New And Good Quality Equipment

The main recommendation is to use recent equipment that meets the requirements of the European “mountaineering and climbing equipment” safety standards. To ensure your safety, the climbing equipment you must use must be affixed with CE marking. It is important to read the manufacturer’s manual for the best use of the equipment.

After having opted for quality equipment and especially in compliance with safety standards, each climber must carefully check the condition of its equipment before each use.

Ensure That Each Manoeuvre Is Performed Correctly

Climbing requires constant concentration to prevent the worst from happening. If you play the role of the insurer, pay attention to your partner constantly.

Climbing Safety Rules
Climbing Safety Rules

In order to sensitize holidaymakers in the mountains (15% of the population) on the safety instructions and thus ensure their good behavior, the Ministry of Sports and its partners have decided to set up the site Prevention summer. It allows having many tips on the different activities on the mountain: mountain biking, hiking, climbing, water sports, paragliding, etc. The reminder “So that the mountain remains a pleasure” can be downloaded from prevention etc.sports.gouv.from French, English or Spanish. In addition to the remainder of the safety rules to indulge in the pleasures of the mountains and practice safe sports activities, this manual also tells you how to alert the rescue, how to protect the victim while waiting for help and what are the indications to give to be located.

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