DRAFTED BY KEITH O’BRIEN ON BEHALF OF COMMITTEE
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IMC have responded quickly and taken measures to act responsibly.
We have closed the hut for the duration of the national emergency. All planned meets have been postponed during this period too.
In addition, we would also like to encourage all members to adhere to global, national and medical advice to maintain social distancing. Climbing outdoors does not fit with social distancing guidelines and should be avoided during this period.
Safety checks, passing gear, placing gear, gear held in the mouth, ropes held in mouth when clipping, tight belay ledges, passing ropes all pose high risk of transferring the virus.
Any climbing related accidents will put undue pressure on the healthcare system at this time. In addition, excessive moving around the country to crags increases the chance of the virus spreading to isolated areas.
By adhering to social distancing guidelines (> 2m apart) and forgoing climbing for now, this gives us the best chance of getting out and climbing in the summer as soon as possible.
Let’s make this just a brief hiatus from climbing and set us all up for a summer of climbing. There are plenty of other local mountainous pursuits we can do while maintaining social distancing at this time.
We know that climbing is extremely tempting currently, but we all have a social responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in society. Although most of us are fit, strong and healthy, the more of us who become infected, the more vulnerable people will suffer.
Stay safe and see you on the crag soon.