News 2021

Title:  Climbing Development Guidelines
Date:  15/04/2021

The development an entirely new climbing area, significant development of existing area or the redevelopment of places that have become overgrown is of huge benefit to the entire climbing community. It is an undertaking that will often involve a lot of time and effort. The Climbing Development Guidelines aim to inform climbers wishing to develop climbing areas. By following the information in the guidelines the likelihood of a positive and sustainable development is more likely.

With climbing becoming ever more popular and more climbers than ever transitioning from indoor climbing walls to climbing outdoors on rock the demands on our climbing resources has never been higher. The landowners who we rely so heavily on to allow us assess to the places we climb have become more cautious regarding potential litigation from people on their property. Increasing awareness of the vital importance of conservation of flora and fauna has led to the need for climbers to reconsider some aspects of our activity.

The Climbing Development Guidelines cover the key topics of: 

  • Research
  • Occupiers' Liability Legislation
  • Access
  • Environment
  • Climbing Ethics
  • Preparing New Climbs
  • Maintenance

These guidelines are a gathering of the collective knowledge and expertise of those who currently develop climbing areas as well as practitioners in relevant legal and environmental fields.

The Climbing Development Guidelines can be viewed via the following link: Climbing Development Guidelines - webpage

Or, downloaded as a PDF via this link: Climbing Development Guidelines - PDF

Mountaineering Ireland would like to thank all of the contributors to the guidelines.

If you need any help or additional advice regarding the development of a climbing area please do not hesitate to contact Mountaineering Ireland. 

Damien O'Sullivan - Climbing Officer

Helen Lawless - Access & Conservation Officer




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