Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Climbers Code of Respect


Respect the Dangers
Respect the Environment
Respect Others
Respect Access

Educate yourself about outdoor rock climbing ethics, safety conciderations and how to lessen your environmental impact at the cliff

ALWAYS ASSUME YOUR OWN RISK WHEN CLIMBING OUTDOORS. Land owners, route developers, and other climbers or user groups are not responsible for your safety.
Respect the Dangers
Outdoor climbing poses many safety concerns that are not present in a climbing gym. Make sure that you are properly prepared for rock climbing outside. 
  • Learn necessary outdoor climbing skills from a guide/mentor 
  • Learn about the cliff: style, protection, difficulty, area hazards (ie. Poison ivy)
  • Wear a helmet as rocks can break, yell “rock” if rock/gear fall
  • Watch for sharp edges that can damage/cut rope when lowering/rappelling
  • Inspect/clean your gear often. Replace when worn/expired
  • Triple check and back up your systems (harness/knot/belays/anchors/rappels). 
  • Communicate with your partner and other climbers
  • Learn how to detect if fixed gear/bolts are safe

Respect the Environment
Climbing areas are more environmentally sensitive than you may think. Lead by example and leave the cliff cleaner than you found it. 
  • ·    Pack out your trash & pick up after others
  •      Stay on designated trails to lessen impact
  • Do not urinate under overhangs or in caves. It does not wash away!
  • Use existing bathroom facilities/dig a hole, cover it and pack out TP
  • Do not feed or hurt animals
  • Do not damage trees or plants
  • Leash dogs to not disrupt wildlife & others
  • Keep gear/back-pack on non-vegetated surfaces to avoid damaging plants
  • Do not damage/chip the rock. Brush off your tick marks
  • Start fires only in designated/contained pits
  • Be aware of seasonal fire bans and follow regulations

Respect Others
Please be respectful of land owners and other people at the cliff. Stay educated about cliff rules, as well as any cliff access issues that may be present. 
  • ·        Share climbs with others
  • Climb in smaller groups
  • Check if dogs are allowed 
  • Pull your ropes when finished, yell “rope” when pulling ropes
  • Keep noise levels appropriate, no loud music/profanities
  • Do not smoke around others
  • Respect the “right of way” on multi-pitch/shared anchors

Respect Access
Local access groups and volunteers have fought hard to keep climbing areas open. It is imperative that you be on best behavior to keep it that way. Stay educated on climbing area access considerations
  • Respect land owner rules or provincial/federal regulations
  • Do not leave gear unless permitted
  • Park considerately, carpool if possible
  • Camp only in designated/permitted areas
  • Respect area closures (seasonal/permanent)
  • Pay required entrance fees/permits
  • Get involved with local access coalitions
  • Follow Transport Canada regulations for drone use

The 'Climbers' Code of Respect' has been created with the help of access groups across Canada, in an effort to unify climbing information and create a national resource for Gym to Rock Transitioning. We would like to extend a huge thank-you for their incredibly valuable feedback and support on this project. For more information about provincial access groups, check out

Poster versions of the "Climbers' Code" 




This website is not a replacement for a rock climbing course with a trained professional. Rock climbing is inherently dangerous, always assume your own risk when climbing outdoors and come prepared with the necessary skills.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Blog - Lauren Callaway - Evolving Ethics

Check out this excellent article by La Sportiva athete Lauren Callaway about cliff climbing ethics, this is a must read for all outdoor rock climbers! Read it here: Blog - Lauren Callaway - Evolving Ethics

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Climbers' Code Contest

WOO more free giveaways!!! 

Take a photo with/of the Climbers' Code of Respect at your local gym/crag/gear shop, for a chance to win a a brand new Petzl helmet OF YOUR CHOICE. Post your selfie/photo on Instagram or Facebook, tag @rockrespect #climberscode and the location you took the photo at.

Contest closes August 12th. Winner will be contacted August 13th.

Email for any questions. 
Send us an email with your contact information as well.

Do your part to help out the climbing community and the environment, share the 'Climbers' Code' with new and experienced climbers, together we can make a difference! 

Sunday, 20 May 2018 LAUNCH CONTEST!!!

Take a second to "share" our nationally created 'Climbers Code' on your social media platforms and earn a chance to win a Sterling Rope package! Win-Win for everyone--> you educate rock climbers about these important climbing/access considerations and perhaps win a rope while doing so!

Included in this Sterling Rope package is a 9.8mm 60m Sterling Velocity rope, a rope bag and chalk bag.

Contest is open to CANADIAN residents only.

To enter: "Share" the 'Climbers' Code' OR the website OR our IG/FB pages (@rockrespect) on your social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc) OR in an email to friends. Then send an email to with "proof" of your support (screen shot, link, etc) and you will be entered into the Sterling Rope raffle.

We will draw the winner on July 1st, 2018.

Check us out on Instagram: @rockrespect OR on Facebook

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Welcome to!

This website is dedicated to educating rock climbers across Canada about outdoor climbing ethics, land stewardship, climbing access, leave no trace and gym to rock transitioning.

  • To learn more about and our mission, click on OUR MISSION

  • For an overview of things to be aware and respectful of when climbing outside, click on CLIMBERS CODE

  • For tips and important things to know when you make the transition to climbing outdoors, click on GYM TO ROCK

  • For information on how to limit your impact while climbing outdoors, click on LEAVE NO TRACE

  • For a list of frequently asked questions from climbers making the transition from gym to rock, click on ASK A GUIDE

  • For a list of resources, certified guides, climbing organizations, guidebooks, click on LINKS 

We hope that the information on this website will help you make a smooth and educated transition into outdoor climbing. Please share the knowledge and lead by example so we can continue to enjoy these cliffs for years to come.