Rules Of Use

The stuff that keeps you safe when using the wall

Hanging Rockers Climbing Club Conditions of use for the climbing wall.

Mountaineering Ireland and the Club recognise 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.”
The soft flooring and the bouldering matting are designed to provide a more comfortable landing for climbers falling or jumping to the floor. These do not make climbing risk free. 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 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.
Duty of Care
The rules of the Club set out herein are not intended to limit your enjoyment of the facilities. They have been devised based on the best practice established for this and other indoor climbing centres. They are not negotiable. Anyone not prepared to abide by them may be asked to leave.
Members must satisfy themselves as to the suitability and competence of a climber partner. All wall users have a duty of care to act responsibly towards each other and will be made aware of Club standards and good practices required. (See risk assessments/Conditions of use).

Unsupervised Climbing
Before you climb without supervision as a Full Member, the Club expects you to be competent in the use of a climbing harness, tying in, and belaying. You are required to register that you are able to use the equipment, provide adequate demonstration, are prepared to abide by the conditions of use/rules and understand the risks involved.
Anyone who has not registered is a probationer and must not climb/belay without supervision.
Unsupervised climbing is just that! - Experienced members will provide whatever help and advice they can, but instruction in the use of equipment or climbing techniques will only be provided through a Club sanctioned course. If you are not confident in the use of any equipment or technique then do not attempt to climb without the assistance of someone who is competent.

Supervised Climbing
An adult who has registered as competent and is therefore a Full Member may supervise up to two novice climbers providing they take full responsibility for their safety. Non member visitors may be admitted on the same basis up to 3 times. Groups of three or more novices must only be supervised by an instructor holding the relevant Mountain Leader Training qualification and on a Club sanctioned activity.
All children at the Club must be supervised by a registered parent/guardian or nominated Full Member unless they have been assessed by the committee and registered for unsupervised climbing. (See separate risk assessment and documents for youth climbing ).
General Safety
* Sign in on each visit before you climb, including any guests.
* 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 the   committee immediately.
* Be aware of other climbers around you and how your actions will affect them.
* Do not distract anyone 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 a climber.  
* Do not bring any unnecessary equipment, clothing, food or drinks into the climbing area. These represent additional tripping hazards (upright drinks bottles in particular can result in serious injury)
* Members should be aware that novices/guests and those taking up the sport for the first time will be influenced by what they see and that “best practice” should be shown at  all times.
* All route setting/changing must comply with regulations have prior approval from the Route Captain.

Top Roping
* Many of the climbs at the wall have top ropes already in place. These may be moved but must  be
replaced at the end of the session. Top ropes must go through the top out screwgate.
* When using the lead walls you must supply your own appropriately rated dynamic rope. Do not use the top ropes for lead climbing.
* Lead quickdraws are in place at intervals on the wall. You must use all the draws on the routes, be aware of the “decking out” possibilities of the lower draws and clip accordingly.
* Always use a belay device attached to your climbing harness with a locking karabiner. Traditional or body belaying is not acceptable.
* Ballast bags are provided to give support to those belaying a climber who is much heavier. Direct belays from the belay bags are not acceptable. Ballast bags are a two man lift.
* Always pay attention to the climber. 
* Always stand as close to the wall as is practical unless you are using one of the ballast bags. Sitting or lying down is not acceptable.
* Auto belay device – familiarise yourself with this equipment before using, avoid pendulum situations and be careful of other users when descending.
 Climbing Walls
* The main walls are designed to be climbed using a rope for protection. Solo climbing/traversing above the line first quickdraws is not acceptable.
* Always use a climbing harness to attach yourself to the rope.
* When leading, attaching the rope with a karabiner is not acceptable, always tie the rope directly into the harness using a re-threaded figure eight knot.

   Bouldering Wall
   * Do not wear a harness when bouldering. Descend by down climbing, jumping or, at the very least, a    
   controlled fall - without twisting.  
* Do not overcrowd the area and be aware of other user’s safety.
* Never climb directly above or below another climber
* When observing or resting do not sit or lie on the mats below the bouldering wall.