Rock climbing etiquette is not complicated, but the sport is not without its social mores.
Thankfully, they aren’t complicated. Follow these seven tips, and you’re more or less assured to not come off as a jerk at the crag.
1.Don’t yard sale your gear
Climbers pack in a lot of stuff. But there’s no reason for it to take up the whole crag. Keep your climbing gear out of walking paths, out from underneath climbers, and not spread out all over the vegetation.
Look for an area up against the rocks (ideally where no one is climbing), and pile your gear there.
2. Keep your music down
I’ll admit it—this one is sort of a personal beef. Rock climbing, to me, is a way to reconnect with the healing force of nature. And that process gets really mucked up by blaring dubstep.
It’s also unsafe. Climbers often need to communicate with their belayers, and loud music makes that harder to do. So if you do bring speakers to the crag (which I’d prefer you didn’t do at all), please keep the volume at a reasonable level.