“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 boulder, crag or mountain. There is an additional risk that bolt-on holds can spin or break. The soft flooring under the bouldering walls 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 this climbing centre as set out below are not intended to limit your enjoyment of the facilities 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 then the staff must politely ask you to leave.
Your Duty of Care:
Report to the reception on each visit before you climb.
You must exercise care, common sense and self-preservation at all times.
Report any problems with the walls, equipment or other climbers' behaviour to a member of staff immediately.
Be aware of other climbers around you and how your actions will affect them.
Never climb directly above or below another climber.
Do not sit or stand near or under the walls when people are climbing.
Keep the mat free of any obstructions like bags, clothing, bottles, shoes, etc.
Do not touch any girders, metalwork or lights.
No food or drink on the mat.
When using equipment and facilities within the ‘stretch room’ take due care and caution to use equipment safely, sensibly and avoid causing injury to yourself and other users.
Before you climb, we expect you to be able to describe the dangers involved with bouldering and accept the risks involved.
You are required to register to say that you understand the information given, that you are prepared to abide by the rules above and that you understand the risks involved in your participation.
While climbing, the centre expects you to be aware of all other climbing users. Anyone who cannot register as competent, is classed as a novice and will be advised to join a free induction session.
A novice climber is just that! If you are not confident in the use of any climbing or training equipment or technique then do not attempt to use it without the supervision of someone who is competent to do so.
Children (Under 18)
All children in the Centre must be supervised by an adult unless they have been assessed by the management and registered for unsupervised climbing.
An adult who has registered at the centre as a competent climber may, at the discretion of the Duty Manager, supervise up to two juniors. Please see the Minors Policy at receptions.
In addition to the obvious risks of climbing, children on the ground are at particular risk of being seriously injured by falling adult climbers. Supervising adults are responsible for making sure that children are never directly below climbers.
Supervising Adults initial