As climbers, we not only have a personal stake in the health of our crags (nobody wants to belay next to a pile of TP), we also have a responsibility to look after them. We have the opportunity to access and enjoy remote and hard-to-reach places that many people will never get to see. Let's steward them as best we can.
As our sport continues to grow in popularity, our crags are paying the price. Adjust your climbing practices to protect cliff environments and the climbing experience we all love.
> KEEP TASSIE WILD
We love our wild places.
Please do your bit to help preserve Tasmania's unique environments by practicing a Leave No Trace philosophy.
Consider the impact of social media on the places you visit.
Your latest #radical Instagram post could have more a far reaching impact than you expect, possibly bringing more visitors (and not just climbers) to remote places.
If your planning on climbing Frenchmans Cap, a separate permit is available for climbers, which will allow you to stay for six nights rather than four nights.
> BIRD INFO & CLOSURES
Respect our resident birdlife.
All birds of prey are sensitive to disturbances of their nests. Climbers are most likely to encounter Peregrine Falcons and Wedge-Tailed Eagles at Tasmania's crags.
Peregrines are most vulnerable during Spring and every effort should be made to give them their space.
Respect any cliff closures!
> ABORIGINAL HERITAGE
Aboriginal cultural heritage includes both tangible and intangible values.
The Climbers Club of Tasmania (CCT) and broader climbing community are actively engaging with the Aboriginal Tasmanian Community to address heritage concerns.
If you encounter potential cultural heritage, do not disturb it.
Learn about Tasmanian Aboriginal Heritage by visiting Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania.
You can read the CCT's latest Aboriginal Heritage Vision Statement here.
And peruse the CCT's latest Code of Conduct here.
Everyone does it. Learn how to do it right.
Carry a trowel and a zip lock bag with you at all times so you can dig a proper hole and pack your TP out.
Consider packing your poop out too, particularly at crags such as the Star Factory, Boneyard, Tyndalls and even the Paradiso.
As more people visit these crags, toileting issues have began to arise.
Here are some tips to help you take care of business responsibly.
Knowing how to tell the difference between a good and a bad bolt is essential for staying safe while climbing outdoors.
Look for signs of damage, wear and corrosion before blindly trusting a bolt.
Report bolts that look dodgy to the Climbers Club of Tasmania or known route developers in the community.
Found the next epic project? You should only install fixed anchors if you have experience doing so, the route is worth it, and you're sure that doing so won't harm cultural or natural values. If in doubt, ask.
> BE NICE
You represent the climbing community.
> TRAVEL THOUGHT-FULLY
Don't go rogue - trails and established campsites are there for a reason.
Read access information at thesarvo, managed by the Climbers Club of Tasmania, before visiting a crag, and check back regularly to make sure access hasn't changed.
More information can also be found at Parks & Wildlife Tasmania.
If you can, car pool to the crag. Fewer cars means fewer emissions, less impact on dirt roads, and more space in the car parks. The following Facebook groups are a good place to start:
> BOULDERING ADVICE
Bouldering is rad, but can be more environmentally damaging than other forms of climbing.
Lift rather than drag pads over soft ground, and don't trample, crush or remove vegetation.
Brush your chalk off after your sesh.
Keep an eye out for signs of Aboriginal Heritage; see the Climbers Club of Tasmania's latest Code of Conduct for more info.
Ensure your shoes are clean before launching up a problem. Dirty or chalky shoes won't work well, and it will polish the rock.
Chalk can be highly visible. Try to reduce the amount of chalk you use.
Not only can your tick marks be considered an eyesore to other users or land managers, they might also be totally unusable for the next climber, who will then have to brush your ticks off for you.
Don't leave behind evidence of your ascent. Brush it off.
> PACK. IT. OUT!
That includes finger tape, chalk chunks, rope ends etc.
And fruit peels! It can take an orange peel up to six months to decompose and a banana peel up to two years. In a popular area, even a handful of people leaving behind food waste can add up.