Zwei Personen machen Partnercheck vor einer Kletterwand
Die Ausrüstung beim Klettern dient in erster Linie der Sicherheit. Foto: DAV/Frank Kretschmann
10 DAV rules

Indoor climbing - safe!

Climbing involves risks! If you are not sufficiently familiar with the belay techniques, there is a danger of severe accidents. Educate yourself! In climbing courses and with experienced instructors you will obtain all necessary capabilities. If necessary, point out possible errors and dangers and stick to the climbing rules.

1. Start with setting up your team

  • Clarify the weight difference between partners and take the appropriate measures

  • Consider belaying skills and climber’s condition

  • Agree on rules of communication

  • Check climbing equipment

2. Run a partner check before every climb

Reciprocal checks with eyes and hands:

  • Tie-in knot and tie-in point

  • Belay carabiner

  • Belay device - lock-off test

  • Harness and harness buckles

  • End of rope tied for a backup

3. Only use familiar safety equipment

  • Semi-automatics offer additional safety

  • Brake hand principle: one hand always holds the brake rope

  • Make sure your brake hand is in the correct positioning

  • Carabiner, rope and belay device all match

4. Pay full attention when securing

  • No slack rope

  • Choose the correct location near the wall

  • Watch your partner

  • Belay glasses improve focus

5. Leave enough room for falls

  • Leave ample room to avoid collisions

  • Keep your distance to the climber‘s fall line on the ground

  • Leave enough room for other climbers on the same wall

  • Take potential pendulum falls into account

6. Clip into all quick draws correctly

  • Look for a stable body posi-tion for clipping

  • Avoid any falls while clipping

  • risk of falling to the ground!

  • Make sure the rope runs cor-rectly through

  • the carabiner -Do not move behind the rope

7. Climb top rope at existing anchor points only

  • Do not top rope on single carabiners

  • Clip into all quick draws when top roping in routes in severe overhangs

  • Make sure the rope is inserted correctly into the belay device

8. Be careful when lowering

  • Lower your partner slowly and smoothly

  • Make sure there is room to touch down

  • Never thread two ropes through one anchor point

  • Communicate when climber is at the anchor point

9. Warm up before the start

  • Gradually increase the intensity

  • Cool down at the end of the climb

  • Give injuries time to heal

10. Be aware of your responsibilities

  • Be self-critical and open to feedback

  • Bring up any errors, both yours and other people‘s

  • Keep up to date with the latest developments in belaying and safety issues

  • Show consideration for others