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

Follow these simple guidelines to enjoy your activity with minimal impact on the environment and other people:

  • Fixed equipment must not be left in place at any site unless you have permission to do so.
  • Actively manage your group at the site to minimise trampling and damage to the surrounding vegetation.
  • 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.
  • Do not disturb vegetation as you will encourage erosion and promote the spread of pest plant species.
  • Do not brush moss or lichen from the cliff unless absolutely necessary for safety reasons.
  • Avoid disturbing historical and archaeological sites and geographic features.
  • Always use established tracks to approach and move between descents. 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 assent tracks which are more prone to erosion, especially by larger groups.
  • 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 abseil.
  • Do not block tracks with equipment or belayers.
  • Be aware of and courteous 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 your noise at the abseiling site.
  • Always use clean gear and equipment. 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.
  • Camp carefully.
  • Take all your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Only light fires where permitted.
  • Adapted from Adventure Activity Standard for abseiling:


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