Climbers Code of Conduct
- Observe all access restrictions and agreements.
- Use existing access tracks and keep to hard ground and rock surfaces
- Do not disturb nesting birds or other wildlife and protect all native plants especially at the base of cliffs. Avoid removing vegetation from cracks and ledges when developing new climbs.
- Respect Aboriginal sites and avoid developing climbs in near vicinity.
- Chalk has a high visual impact. Minimise your use of it, especially near walking tracks. Remove ‘tick marks’ after you have climbed.
- Minimise the placement of fixed gear and respect established ‘no bolting’ areas. If placing fixed gear, research best recommended hardware and installation practices for the area.
- Carry out all your rubbish – this includes finger tape, cigarette butts and citrus peel.
- Bury your human waste and paper correctly – at least 50 metres from any water source. Dig hole 15-20 cm deep and cover well. Carry out sanitary products. These do not decompose.
- Observe all restrictions and conditions for lighting campfires relevant to the land tenure.These vary from park to park. Firewood collection in many parks is prohibited.
These guidelines have been developed by the VCC and CliffCare in conjunction with the general climbing community and land managers. They make sense and are not hard to follow. Remember – you are only one of many and our collective habits make an impact. Both positive and negative. The climbing community, other park users and the wildlife can all benefit. The end result is continued climbing access and a healthier environment through sustainable climbing