/ Non climbers in the climbing area?
I was surprised to learn that a new climbing wall close to me is happy to allow parents to wander around the climbing area whilst their kids are in the kids' club and also allow non-climbing children to simply roam about unsupervised.
I nearly landed on a very young (4?) non-climber recently whilst his dad was on his mobile!
Would appreciate feedback.
Were you falling off or being lowered off?
Personally I would complain to the management in writing and if nothing changed I would escalate to the BMC and see if they could help.
I would have thought that the wall will be in breach of it's public liability insurance by not restricting access to the area to those who are registered to be there on the day and who have signed a participation statement. In light of that possibility I imagine that the wall's insurer is a public piece of information that if all else failed you could ask for whilst discussing the situation with them. It's rather a drastic approach but would I'm sure have the problem solved quite quickly. Of course it may damage your personal relationship with the wall, so maybe speaking only to a senior manager or owner would be the answer if you did feel the need to take it that far.
Certainly in AW Stockport and Stoke I've only seen exceptional behaviour - not been to Liverpool ;)
The wall will be in trouble when someone gets hurt. By telling them, you are doing them a favour.
Most are members of the ABC though.
my local wall handles this very well i feel,there are always lots of kids but they are always supervised by an insturctor and anyone watchin is in the viewing area upstairs.
people are allowed just to come in and use the cafe upstairs as well or just to watch but wouldnt be allowed to wander round the arena or let there offspring runn around like headless chickens.
Being fair on everyone, we have to start somewhere, and letting people wonder around the climbing wall is a great way to inspire both young and older people to have a go. Because to be fair watching someone make something look extreme, like pulling over a roof is very inspiring and gets the blood bubbling.
I know that climbing wall staff try there best to manage this and ask viewers to keep control of the little ones and stop them from running around, and i know that staff at our wall even walk around with the viewers to ensure they maintain a safe and happy environment for everyone.
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