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Useful resources for climbing walls

From legal advice to top safety tips! Here you will find a range of useful resources that are perfect for climbing wall operators and managers. We aim to share the all the info you need to know about running a safe and fun climbing environment.

In order to represent these interests to the owners and managers of artificial climbing walls, we have produced the following information.

Our guidance is to support development; to maximise usage by climbers, to prevent problems of management before they arise, and to allow for joint projects, events and competitions to be held with Mountaineering Scotland.

Mountaineering Scotland would ask facility operators to take note of these guidelines if the support or recognition of Mountaineering Scotland was being sought.

Mountaineering Scotland liaises with the Association of British Climbing Walls and in conjunction with the BMC have agreed a series of standardised forms and notices that can be used by ABC members. For more information about the ABC go to their website at The Association of British Climbing Walls (ABC), or to the ABC page here.

Centres will require users to register and abide by a series of Conditions of Use. The Mountaineering Scotland Walls Conditions of Use Guidance gives some advice on the range of issues that could be included. It is up to the individual wall to tailor such advice to their needs.

The following advice relates to the MCofS’s preferred approach to management at walls and can be downloaded here - Mountaineering Scotland Wall Management Advice.

The BMC has produced a Climbing Wall Manual, which is endorsed by Mountaineering Scotland. The general advice and recommendations regarding wall design and construction as well as wall management are regarded as good practice.

The Climbing Wall Manual

The Essential Guide for Anyone Planning to Build, Manage or Use a Climbing Wall

The Climbing Wall Manual is designed for Leisure Managers, Facility Owners & Climbers, and Designers & Architects, either independent developers, local authorities, leisure and community centres, or independent organisations.

In this you will find:

Essential Information

Independent Advice

Technical Expertise

Guideance on: feasibility, design, location, funding, safety, equipment and good practice

A specific chapter relating to Scotland: Scottish legislation, Scottish funding streams and MCofS requirements for support

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