Respect the location
Climbing is for everyone, so we need to remember it is all of our responsibilities to take care of these amazing places. Make sure not to climb when it’s wet, as it can erode, break or snap the rock. Brush the chalk off the holds after you climb with a soft brush, ensuring you leave no trace. It’s important to be conscious of your environment, respect the climbers around you, and realise it’s a privilege to climb in these stunning natural locations, so let's leave them the way we found them.
Check the approach
Always know what you’re getting yourself in for. Some approaches are more difficult than others. The best way to prepare is by using a guidebook to help plan your trip. Check out Vertebrate Publishing (for Lakes and Peak District) or Ground Up for Wales.
Get kitted out
You don’t need much to go bouldering outdoors, but it's important to have the right equipment. Use bouldering pads, not only to protect the ground but also look after your ankles when dropping off the rock. Take time to position your pad, be aware of the gaps between your pads, and make sure your landing zone is as flat as possible. It’s best to practice landing at an indoor wall centre before you head outdoors.