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The damage ropes can do to the sandstone rock.
© Emma Harrington, Apr 2013 The sandstone rock is very delicate, having a thin surface patina protecting the softer underlying rock. As soon as this thin crust is worn away you are left with soft sand which wears easily and is sandy and almost un-climbable.
So how do I set up for Sandstone?
The aim is to minimise damage to the rock. As the rock is so soft leading and placing gear is not allowed, which leaves toproping or soloing..
The main points to remember when setting up your top rope:
Visitors please remember to never take it personally if you are challenged by another climber about your set up. They are only trying to protect the rock for future climbers to enjoy. Please respect the code.
Locals - if challenging someone about an incorrect set up then please remember to make sure you do so in a diplomatic way. If you speak to them in an effective calm and friendly way, then you are more likely to receive an effective outcome in return.