Introduction

Follow these simple guidelines to enjoy climbing with minimal impact on the environment and other people.

Take care when climbing and follow the guidelines:

  • Do not leave or add to fixed equipment on the cliff.
  • Avoid using trees or other vegetation for belay points, if there is no alternative, protect them from rope damage to the best of your ability by using rope protectors or webbing.
  • All native plants, animals, historical and archaeological sites and geographic features are protected and must not be damaged.
  • Always utilise recognised tracks to approach and move between climbs. Where this is not possible or multiple tracks exist, take a moment to decide which track is the most appropriate and/or control the group to have minimal impact even if it means taking a longer way around.
  • Try to avoid steep access and descent tracks which will be intrinsically more prone to erosion, especially with larger group activities. Use abseil descents where practical.
  • Do not disturb vegetation as you will encourage erosion and promote the spread of pest plant species.
  • Avoid sites with steeply sloping soil covered bases that will be particularly prone to erosion.
  • Where ever possible choose sites that have a rocky base and top that can tolerate groups without causing vegetation damage and erosion of the area around the climbs.
  • Actively manage your group at the climbing site to minimise trampling and damage to the surrounding vegetation.
  • Do not block tracks with equipment or belayers.
  • Be aware of and diplomatic with other groups, individual climbers and other recreational users of the area. Do not assume you have a right to occupy certain climbs simply because you were there first. Negotiate!
  • Respect the rights of others for quiet enjoyment of the outdoors. Try to minimise noise at the climbing site.
  • Respect the cultural or religious beliefs of others and their reason for limiting access to particular places. Of particular importance in New Zealand are "Tapu" (restrictions) placed in Maori lands, in particular burial grounds.
  • Do not brush moss or lichen from the cliff unless absolutely necessary for safety reasons.
  • Help to stop the spread of weeds; carry clean gear. Wash all soil from camping and personal equipment, vehicles and river gear before leaving home or moving between locations to avoid transporting seeds or soil-borne pathogens.
  • Take all your rubbish with you.
  • Only light fires are permitted and use a fuel stove instead for cooking.
  • Camp carefully.

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