Your activities should result in minimal environmental impact.

In particular please consider:

bulletSite and artifact preservation.
bulletRare and protected wildlife.   
bulletVegetation, in particular native plants and trees.


Generally there are already adequate tracks providing access to and around climbing areas, so please keep to existing tracks and don't create more tracks. In some circumstances it is possible to drive into climbing areas and the desire to do so increases with the use of 4WD vehicles. Before driving along access tracks ensure you have permission to do so. 

Route Preparation

Prior to preparing a new route discuss your plans and seek permission from the landowner. Route preparation often requires striking a balance between making a route safe and accessible while at the same time keeping with the minimal environmental impact theme. Things to consider are:

bulletStrive for minimal removal of vegetation and certainly do not damage native trees.
bulletAdequately clean the route, so others don't have to complete your work.
bulletRemove all debris and rubbish, including climbing equipment (even slings).

Fixed Gear (Bolting)

Firstly only bolt where it is absolutely necessary to do so i.e. where natural protection is not possible. Under no circumstances should bolts be installed next to a cracks or other feature that could be protected naturally. Don't install bolts just because you don't have the right natural protection.

On the other hand if you need to bolt a route to make it safe, ensure you don't skimp on the number of bolts. The old practice placing the first bolt high (to see who has the "biggest balls") is thankfully loosing popularity and many of those routes are being re-bolted.

For more details on bolting refer to our bolting information section. 


Take all your rubbish with you and if possible remove any rubbish you find. Rubbish is not just an environmental issue, on farms rubbish poses a real threat to animal well-being. Something as simple as a small length of cord or webbing can choke and kill animals (including livestock).

Human Waste

For hygiene reasons please ensure that you use toilets where available, but if one is not available follow the following guidelines.

bulletDon't shit in the vicinity of waterways an ponds, as these are often used as a source of drinking water.
bulletAlways burry human waste in a hole that is about 200mm (8 inches) deep.
bulletIf you need to go while up on a climb, take it away with you and dispose of human waste in an appropriate manner. On big walls for example it is no longer acceptable to bag and toss. Under no circumstances should you shit on the rock or leave it there.



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