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Report to reception on each visit before you climb.
You must exercise care, common sense and self-preservation at all times. Be aware that climbing holds can and do spin.
Report any problems with the walls, equipment or other climbers’ behaviour/bad practice to a member of staff immediately.
Be aware of the other climbers around you and how your actions will affect them.
Do not distract people while they are climbing or belaying.
Stand well back from the climbing walls unless you are belaying or spotting a climber. Never stand, walk or climb directly under someone who is climbing.
Many of the climbs in the centre have top ropes already in place.
Do not take them down to use on other routes.
When using the lead walls you must supply your own appropriately rated dynamic rope. Do not use the centre’s top ropes for lead climbing. If necessary lead ropes can be hired from reception.
Running belay attachments (runners) are already provided at intervals on the lead walls so you do not need your own ‘quickdraws’.
Always use a belay device attached to your safety harness with a locking carabiner. ‘Traditional’, or ‘body’ belaying is not acceptable.
The sandbags are provided to give support to people belaying a climber who is much heavier than they are.
Always pay attention to what the climber is doing.
Always stand as close to the climbing wall as is practical. Sitting or lying down is not acceptable.
No bouldering/soloing is permitted on the lead/top roping walls at any time. Always use a rope to protect yourself on these climbs.
Always use a safety harness to attach yourself to the rope or auto belay.
Always tie the rope directly into the harness using a suitable climbing knot. Clipping in with a karabiner is not acceptable.
Never climb above the lower off.
Always climb within your capabilities and descend by down climbing, jumping or, at the very least a controlled fall.
Never climb directly above or below another climber.
Always double check that you have clipped into the auto belay before you leave the ground.
Never climb past the point where the auto belay stops taking in.
If tape/wire does not take in stop climbing and alert a member of staff.
Conditions of use for Awesome Walls Climbing Centres
Risks – “The British Mountaineering Council recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.”
Although the climbing centre is an artificial environment the risks involved are no less serious than when climbing outside on a crag or mountain. There is the additional risk that bolt-on holds can spin or break.
The soft flooring under the bouldering wall is designed to provide a more comfortable landing for climbers falling or jumping from the bouldering wall. THE SOFT FLOORING DOES NOT MAKE THE CLIMBING ANY SAFER. Broken and sprained limbs are common on this type of climbing wall despite the soft landing. Uncontrolled falls are likely to result in injuries to yourself or others.
Climbing beyond your capabilities on any wall is likely to result in a fall. Any fall may result in an injury despite the safety systems in place to avoid it. You must make your own assessment of the risks whenever you climb.
Our Duty of Care – The rules of the climbing centre set out are not intended to limit your enjoyment of the facilities. They are part of the duty of care that we, as operators, owe to you, the customer by law. As such they are not negotiable and if you are not prepared to abide by them, the staff must politely ask you to leave.
Your Duty of Care – You also have a duty of care to act responsibly towards other users of the centre. Statements of ‘Good Practice’ are posted around the centre adjacent to the relevant facilities. These describe the accepted methods of use and how customers would normally be expected to behave towards each other.
Unsupervised Climbing – Before you climb without supervision the centre expects you to be competent in the use of a safety harness, a suitable knot to attach a rope to the harness and a belay device to secure a falling climber or lower a climber from the wall using a rope. You are required to register, to say that you know how to use the equipment, that you are prepared to abide by the rules and that you understand the risks involved in your participation.
Anyone climbing at the centre without supervision or instruction must be a registered member.
Unsupervised climbing is just that! Staff will provide whatever help and advice they can, but instruction in the use of equipment or climbing techniques will only be provided where it has been booked and paid for in advance.
If you are not confident in the use of any climbing equipment or technique then do not attempt to use it without the supervision of someone who is competent to do so.
Supervised Climbing - An adult who has registered as a competent climber at the centre may supervise up to two novice climbers as long as they are prepared to take full responsibility for the safety of those people. Groups of three or more novices must only be supervised by an instructor holding the relevant qualifications.
Children – All children must be under adult supervised while in the centre unless they are over 14 years of age and have been assessed by the management and registered for unsupervised climbing. Unsupervised climbers between 14 and 18 years of age cannot supervise another climber.
Photos on File and ID- If you pre-pay for your climbing, receive a discount or are an unsupervised 14+ climber we will hold a photo of you on your file. This will be viewed by our staff on entry. If you prefer for your photo not to appear on file we will only be able to offer you a day rate on your climbing and no unsupervised 14+ climbing.
We may ask for ID when a young person fills out an adult registration form, this can only be a compliment!