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Best Practice Guidance
The downloadable documents on this page provide best practice information for climbing, mountaineering and walking access. The documents have been produced by the UIAA and partners, UIAA Member Federations and other organisations; some are aimed at the general climber, others at land managers, and all of the documents can be used by activists and UIAA Member Federations as a basis for access work in their own countries and climbing areas.
UIAA and Partner Documents
Setting up working groups to resolve access
Argeos Charter – sustainable tourism (UIAA)
Climbing and Bouldering
Climbing Management Plan – how to set up a climbing management plan. (AccessFund) *The comprehensive climbing access guide
Bouldering code (BMC)
Crag code (BMC)
Crag habitat management (BMC)
Climbing in Sweden (SF)
Bird Restrictions leaflet
An example of a poster outlining climbing restrictions for nesting birds (BMC-2010)
Areas with specific environmental challenges
Soft sandstone guidelines in England (BMC)
Nature Reserve example access leaflet (BMC)
Best Practice guidelines (FEDME)
Examples and guidance (FEDME)
Green guides to specific areas:
- UK Uplands (BMC)
- UK Lake District (BMC)
- UK Yorkshire Dales (BMC)
Mending our ways (CCW, EN, SNH, CC and BUFT)
Policies for Federations
Examples from federations with policies for environment, climbing ethics and climate change. Climbing Ethics and National Policy in Scotland (MCofS)
Environmental Policy (BMC)
Climate Change Policy (BMC)
A host of new initiatives to make travelling in mountains safer and more environmentally friendly are being discussed at the UIAA General Assembly ( ...
Many UIAA Safety Label Holders are increasing efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their manufacturing processes. ...
On the occasion of World Environment Day (June 5), the UIAA is highlighting its commitment by announcing plans for a Mountain Protection label. ...
The Access and Conservation commission assists the UIAA and our Member Federations to secure the freedom of access. Learn more...
BMC = British Mountaineering Council