Conditions of Use of the Lakeland Climbing Centre
"The British Mountaineering Council recognises 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"
Although the climbing centre is an artificial environment the risks involved are no less serious than when climbing outside on a crag or mountain. There is an additional risk that bolt-on holds can spin and break.
The soft flooring under the bouldering walls is designed to provide a more comfortable landing for climbers falling from the bouldering wall. THE SOFT FLOORING DOES NOT MAKE THE CLIMBING ANY SAFER. 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 on any wall 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.
Our Duty of Care - The rules of the Lakeland Climbing Centre set out below are not intended to limit your enjoyment of the facilities. They are part of the duty of care that the Centre, as the operator, owes to you, the customer, by law. As such they are not negotiable and if you are not prepared to abide by them then the staff must politely ask you to leave.
Your Duty of Care - You also have a duty of care to act responsibly towards the other users of the centre. Statements of 'Good Practice' are posted around the centre adjacent to the relevant facilities . These describe the accepted methods of use and how customers would normally be expected to behave towards each other.
General Health - There is a policy of no smoking anywhere inside the climbing centre. Please do not smoke withing 5m of the entrance door as a courtesy to other customers.
Unsupervised Climbing - Before you climb without supervision the Centre expects you to be competent in the use of a safety harness, a suitable knot to attach a rope to the harness and a belay device to secure a falling climber using a rope. You are required to register to say that you know how to use the equipment, that you are prepared to abide by the Rules below and that you understand the risks involved in your participation. Anyone who is classed as a novice must not climb without supervision.
Unsupervised climbing is just that! The staff will always provide whatever help and advice they can, but instruction in the use of equipment or techniques will only be provided where it has been booked in advance. If you are not confident in the use of any climbing equipment or techniques then you should not attempt to use it without the supervision of someone who is competent to do so.
Supervised Climbing - An adult who has registered at the Centre as a competent climber may supervise up to two (2) novice climbers as long as they are prepared to take full responsibility for the safety of those people. Groups of three (3) or more novices must only be supervised by an instructor holding the relevant Mountain Leader Training United Kingdom (MLTUK) qualification.
Children - All children (Under 18) must be supervised by an adult whilst at the Centre unless they have been assessed and registered for unsupervised climbing by the management.
Pre-booked routes and closed areas - The Lakeland Climbing Centre's instructed courses and maintenance programs have priority over other customers. Areas of the wall undergoing maintenance will be taped off and may be closed without advanced warning for safety reasons.
Loss of Personal Property - The Lakeland Climbing Centre accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage to customer's personal property. No valuables should be left unattended.
Chalk - Please use only magnesium carbonate chalk balls at this Centre as a courtesy to the staff and other users. Prolonged exposure to the additives used in some loose chalks may be harmful.
General Safety -
Tall Walls -
Top Roping -
Auto Belayers and Natural Protection Points - Do not use this equipment unless you have first received an induction as to their use by a member of staff.
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