Climbing styles in traditional climbing - cragging

Climbing styles in traditional climbing - cragging

Cragging is undoubtedly the most popular form of roped climbing. Tim gives some key considerations and tips for getting the most out of it.

Whether you're trad climbing at Stanage (Peak District) or sport climbing in Spain, cragging is the word usually used to describe climbing routes that are only a short walk from the car.

Getting onto your chosen route can become more difficult than getting tickets to the FA Cup Final
Easy access without the need for navigation. Sounds great! But remember others will think the same. Popular crags can heave with excessive numbers of climbers at weekends. At times like this getting on to your chosen route can become more difficult than getting tickets to the FA Cup Final.

Key considerations and tips
  • Beware of other people climbing or walking above you. Rocks dislodged from above by careless passers-by can have fatal consequences, especially at a busy crag.
  • Turn off your mobile phone or be discrete (or get a 'boiling' ringing tone and set up the barbecue!)
  • If you're going to abseil from the top and there are people below you, let them know what you're doing. Throw a small length of the rope first and then lower the rest, rather than throwing the whole lot and taking someone out!
  • Shout 'BELOW' if you drop something!
  • Shout 'ROPE' and wait for others to acknowledge you before throwing a rope down!
  • Respect other climbers and the environment.

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