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- “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 rulesof 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.
Statements of ‘Good Practice’ are posted around the centre
adjacent to the relevant facilities. These describe the accepted methods of use and how customers would
normally be expected to behave towards each other.
- Before you climb without
supervision the centre expects you to be competent in the
use of the equipment here. You are required to register 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.
Anyone who has not registered is classed as a novice and
must not climb without supervision.
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 up to two novice climbers as
long as they are prepared to take full responsibility for the safety of those people.
Groups of three or more novices must only be supervised by an instructor holding
the relevant Mountain Leader Training qualification and on prior agreement with City Bloc .
Children – All children in the centre must be supervised
by an adult unless they have been assessed by the management and registered for unsupervised climbing..
General Bouldering Safety
Conditions of Registration
Please read the Conditions Of Use And Rules Of the climbing centre, and answer the following questions. Only climbers who give satisfactory answers to the questions will be allowed to climb unsupervised.
Declaration of fitness
I certify that to the best of my knowledge, I do not suffer from a medical condition which might have the effect of making it more likely that I be involved in an accident which could result in injury to myself or others.
Declaration of fact
I also confirm that the above information is correct and if any information changes I will notify the centre