Wednesday 11 May 2016

Bouldering at High Rocks - Currently Banned!

It has appeared that bouldering at High Rocks has now been banned. The original outcome of discussions with the owner was somewhat restricted anyway, allowing bouldering on only Wednesdays and Thursdays. A new rule has emerged on their website now stating:
"Please note that we do not allow bouldering or abseiling in the rocks at any time." 

Bouldering has always been an issue with the owner, due to some unfortunate incidents in the past with boulderers. For the vast majority of climbers, bouldering at High Rock is a fun and discreet activity which is easily relocated if wedding parties arrive. Many 'roped' climbers also use crash pads to protect the ground from any impacts and to help with getting onto the rock with clean feet. It is hoped that this ban will be reviewed in the near future. 

Discussions to help resolve this situation will undoubtedly take place and hopefully steer this situation into a more positive direction. Until that time, please respect the no bouldering rule and keep crash pads away from the rocks, to avoid any misunderstandings.

The original outcome of previous discussions can be found here.

The new rule was seen on the High Rocks website.

UKC thread link can be found here.