Beginner's guide

Climb safely

Here are a few tips to decrease the risks of injury.

Avoid risky problems

As a beginner, prefer problems that are less than 3 or 4 meters high and with a good landing (even ground, with no rocks/roots/etc)

  • Height: 2m
  • Landing on even ground (sand)
Perfect to climb with confidence
  • Height: 5m
  • Difficult landing
To avoid

Take several crash mats

It can be reassuring to have several crash mats to cover a larger surface on the ground.

If you climb with a group, you can also ask your friends to move the crash mat while you're climbing, so that it always stays right below you.

Have a spotter

To help your friends climb safely, you can offer to be the spotter.

The spotter redirects the climber's fall to land safely on the crash mat.

Careful: don't try to catch the climber yourself, you migh injure yourself!

Anticipate the descent

It can sometimes be tricky to go down from a boulder once you're on top. Check the descent beforehand — especially if you're alone!