Athletes, in general, are responsible individuals and take great pride in their sport. They uphold their integrity through the proper etiquette. Rock climbing athletes do the same and have their own rules when it comes to etiquette.
The Leave No Trace Principles
This is a neat formation of an etiquette policy which encompasses everything that should be practised by anyone who is enjoying this sport. These principles are:
- Planning and Preparation: This makes sure that everything is organised and the proper items are taken which are necessary to pay respect to the environment.
- Camping and Travelling on Solid Surfaces: This helps to protect the environment. Climbers are not trampling the natural areas or harming the waterways.
- Waste Disposal: With the number of climbers enjoying this sport, proper waste disposal is critical.
- Leave What’s There: Climbers need to respect what is naturally in the areas which they are enjoying.
Campfire Impact: Campfires are necessary, but all of the safety rules have to be followed.
- Wildlife Respect: The animals were there before the climbers; this is to be respected, and there should be a minimal disturbance.
Respect Others: Climbers and visitors.
A simple but very effective policy.