BMC PARTICIPATION STATEMENT – “The British Mountaineering Council recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with 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.”
Declaration of fitness
I certify that to the best of my knowledge, I do not suffer from a medical condition that might have the effect of making it more likely that I be involved in an accident that could result in injury to others or myself.
Declaration of fact
I also confirm that the above information is correct and if any information changes I will notify the centre.
Rope Race Climbing Centre – Conditions of use
“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 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 the climbing centre set out below 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 then the staff must politely ask you to leave.
Your Duty of Care
You also have a duty of care to act responsibly towards the other users of the centre.
Before you climb without supervision Rope Race expects you to be competent in the safe 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 complete a disclaimer/group form to say that you know how to use the equipment, that you are prepared to abide by the Rules below and that you understand the risks involved in your participation.
A novice must not climb without supervision of a registered user or instructor.
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.
An adult who has registered at the centre may supervise novice climbers as long as they are prepared to take full responsibility for the safety of those people.
All children in the centre must be supervised and be kept in line of sight at all times, unless they have been assessed by the management and registered for unsupervised climbing.
- Report to 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 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 directly under someone who is climbing.
- Children must not be left unsupervised.
- 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.
- You must clip all the runners on the route you are climbing.
- Always use a belay device attached to your safety harness with a locking karabiner. ‘Traditional’, or ‘body’ belaying is not acceptable.
- 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.
- The tall walls are designed to be climbed using a rope for protection. Solo climbing is not acceptable on these walls. Always use a rope to protect yourself on these climbs.
- Always use a safety harness to attach yourself to the rope.
- Always tie the rope directly into the harness using a suitable climbing knot.
- 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.
Campus & Finger Boards
- Under 18's are strictly prohibited from using any of the fingerboards or campus boards
Parent or Guardian
Parent or Guardian
I agree that:
- My child will be unsupervised and are responsible for their own safety.
- It is the parent’s responsibility to reassure themselves of their child’s competency, and to use Rope Race members of staff as an adviser for this.
- This ‘Green Card’ does not guarantee that my child is fully competent in the skills required to ensure their safety.
- My child must have read and understood the conditions of use and rules of the centre. Failure to observe these may result in there membership being terminated and being asked to leave the centre
- If my child or their chosen climbing partner fail to exercise due care it could result in their injury or death. Rope Race can not be responsible for individuals’ own actions which result in them taking unnecessary risks. Common-sense, self preservation and care are essential at all times.
- My child will not be allowed to sign in or take responsibility for any other under 18’s or novice climbers.
- A top rope Green Card and lead Green Card are separate assessments. A top rope Green Card does not cover the skills required to enable them to lead climb. They will need a higher level of experience and expertises, have attended a Lead Green Card and be over 16 to enable them to do this.
- The Green Card is regarded as a privilege available to those who demonstrate they are responsible enough to participate in the activities at Rope Race unsupervised. Should at any point participants be viewed to be abusing their privilege, their membership may be terminated.
- To the best of my knowledge my son/daughter does not suffer from any medical condition other than those stated.
- In my child’s interests, it is important that Rope Race staff should know whether he/she suffers from any illness or medical condition. Please use the space below to state, in confidence, anything which our staff should be aware of. Please also indicate if your child is taking any medication, with details and dosage, and/or specific dietary requirements
- My child is not subject to any court order prohibiting publication of their image and that I allow publication of the image for official Rope Race use only.
- All the information on this form is correct and if any information changes I will notify the Rope Race Climbing Centre.
- We have been into Rope Race and are aware of all aspects of the centre.I have read and understood the conditions of use and rules of Rope Race Climbing Centre.
- I have read the BMC participation statement
- Climbing is a hazardous activity with an element of risk
- Failure to exercise due care could result in injury or death
- My child understands the risks involved.
- My child is competent to partake in all activities at Rope Race.
- My child is allowed to climb unsupervised
Climbing requires participants to rely on their climbing partner for their safety. In signing below you are satisfied that your child can take responsibility for the safety of their climbing partner using techniques they have demonstrated on the Green Card.
Parent or Guardian
Once you have read the Conditions of Use and Rules of the climbing centre, you must answer the following questions then sign the declaration at the bottom of the form. Only climbers who give satisfactory answers to the questions will be registered and allowed to climb unsupervised.
I agree that:
- I have read and understood the conditions of use and rules of the centre.
- Failure to exercise due care could result in your injury or death.
- I do not have any questions regarding the application of the conditions of use or the rules.
- To abide by the rules of Rope Race Climbing Centre.
- A `Green Card` is a privilege and abusing it, may result in my Green Card being terminated.
- I am competent to use our bouldering facilities.
- I can put on a climbing harness correctly.
- I can attach a rope to your harness using a suitable climbing knot.
- I can use a belay device to secure a falling climber and lower a climber from the wall.
- I have been trained to use the 'TruBlu' auto belay system.
Parent or Guardian
Today's Date: December 9, 2022