Prior to 12 May, the BMC were recommending that no one go climbing. Since the relaxation in lockdown rules on Sunday 10th May the BMC have reviewed their position and on 12 May they released new guidance.

Whilst club events may not be allowed to resume soon, climbing with members of your own household or one person from another household, now falls within the rules.

The BMC advice is that if you do go out climbing and hill walking you should be cautious in your actions (to avoid the possibility of requiring rescue and putting extra strain on health services), be respectful of local communities (many of whom may not support your actions in going out climbing because of fear that you may transmit the virus), and be extremely vigilant in avoiding transmitting the virus.

  • Stay at home if you have any symptoms of the virus, or have had any possible contact with a carrier.
  • Maintain social distancing of 2m with anyone outside your household (so choose single pitch routes or routes with large belay ledges that will allow this).
  • Be cautious of touching surfaces and shared equipment. Don’t put the rope in your mouth. Be committed to hand hygiene. Take hand sanitiser and sanitise before and after every pitch. Consider top-roping single-pitch routes as a way of minimising the need to touch shared gear.
  • Scale back your ambitions: be cautious and choose objectives well within your technical and physical limits to minimise the risk of accident and injury. Mountain rescue teams are still stretched.
  • Avoid popular/crowded areas; seek out less frequented venues, and have backup plans to avoid overcrowding.
  • Where possible stay local (whilst not part of government advice, rural communities are sensitive to increased visitor numbers, fearing incoming climbers and walkers will bring the virus with them). Be sensitive and respectful of local communities and give houses, farm buildings, vehicles and people a wide berth. Inconsiderate actions could damage the public’s view of climbers and climbing, making access to crags more difficult in the future.
  • Many car parks are currently blocked off and closed – check car park status here before you head to a climbing venue.
Note: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. This information is to make you aware of the rules as we understand them – whether you believe the time is right to return to climbing is a matter of personal choice. Climbing is bound to increase the risk of you (and your partner and your households) contracting the virus (compared to staying at home), and is likely to annoy some local residents.

Government advice is that social/sporting gatherings must be avoided, and so all KMC climbing meets have been cancelled until further notice. We hope that it will be possible to resume climbing meets before too long, in a way that maintains social distancing and protects the health of our members.

Many of us rely on club meets because we need someone to climb with (e.g. a belayer). In the absence of club meets, use the club facebook site and or the website forums to find someone to climb with. If more than one person responds to your request, please do not be tempted to go out in groups larger than 2 (unless they are all part of your household).

Date/Time                                                    Event Organiser Pub afterwards Status
13/10/2020 - 24/10/2020 All Day Hot Rock Climbing Meet: Calpe
Calpe, Costa Blanca, Spain, Calpe
Stuart Watson

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