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