Climbing Sustainably: 5 Tips for Being an Eco-Friendly Climber
If you're passionate about climbing and the great outdoors, then you know how important it is to take care of our natural spaces. As a climber, you have the opportunity to be a steward of the environment and make a positive impact on the places you climb. Here are five tips that can help you become a more eco-friendly climber and protect the climbing areas we all love.
Leave No Trace
As climbers, we have a responsibility to leave nature as we found it. Following Leave No Trace principles is essential in minimising our impact on the environment. It's as simple as taking everything you brought (including rubbish) away with you, sticking to established footpaths, and respecting wildlife.
Choose Environmentally Friendly Gear
When it comes to gear, we can make a conscious choice to support eco-friendly options. Look for equipment made from recycled materials or can be recycled or repurposed at the end of its lifespan. By choosing environmentally conscious brands, we can reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable climbing community. Some of our favourite sustainable brands at The Hangar are Black Diamond, Gekco, and Scarpa.
Support Conservation Efforts
Supporting organisations that work to protect climbing areas and the environment is a powerful way to make a difference. Research the local charities in your favourite climbing area and donate what you can or volunteer your time to participate in conservation efforts. The BMC are regularly sharing news and updates on access and conservation in the UK climbing scene.
Consider Your Transport
Take the eco-friendly route… When travelling to the crag or to The Hangar, consider using public transport, carpooling or, where possible, biking. All these methods can reduce our emissions and minimise our environmental impact when compared to driving. It's a win-win for both our climbing adventures and the planet.
Knowledge is power! Educating ourselves about sustainability and the impact of climbing on the environment is key to being more eco-friendly climbers. Stay informed about eco-friendly practices, local regulations, and conservation efforts in the areas where you climb. By being knowledgeable, we can make informed decisions, spread the word, and take meaningful actions to minimise our impact on the environment.
As climbers, we have the privilege and responsibility to protect our natural spaces and practice sustainability. By following Leave No Trace principles, choosing environmentally friendly gear, supporting conservation efforts, considering how we get around, and educating ourselves, we can become more eco-friendly climbers and leave a positive mark on the environment. Let's work together to ensure that our climbing areas are preserved for generations of climbers to come.