Friday 4 December 2020

Winter Season

Lockdown 2 came to an end on 2nd of December 2020. Firstly, we would like to thank all those who respected the climbing suspension on southern sandstone and helped contribute to protecting this finite resource. It has been hard for us all not being able to climb, but looking at the bigger picture we can see why we have had to make the sacrifices we have over the past few weeks. Thank you! 

The climbing suspension status has now (cautiously) changed as the rocks are for the most part still out of condition and climbable rock is scarce. As indoor walls reopen, it is hoped that this will help alleviate the unprecedented demand for outdoor climbing for this time of the year. The BMC have put out the following statement about climbing on Southern Sandstone through the winter months.

"We are temporarily changing the advice in the code of practice regarding climbing in wet or damp conditions for this winter." 

  • Only climb on properly dry rock – this will usually take multiple days of dry weather in a row before a visit, and even then nothing is guaranteed.
  • If you are unsure, leave climbing for another day. It might be frustrating to travel only to find the crag isn’t in condition, but we all need to have the long term sustainability of the crags in mind. Once holds are snapped or damaged, they cannot be replaced.
  • Always follow the guidance in the Sandstone Code of Practice to ensure you have an enjoyable climb and do your bit to protect these amazing but fragile sandstone crags."

We are now also naming this period the Winter Season. Check the COVID-19 page and BMC RAD for any access updates.