CRAG ETIQUETTE: Music, Dogs, Sh*tting, Lady Things & Hanky Panky
An expansion on a recent chat about crag etiquette with a climber who has probably bolted that current project of yours, or one of the classics.
Yes, cliffs are public spaces. But they are also home to numerous birds and other animals. Ponder how you'd feel if someone came to your neighbourhood and started blasting Skrillex at 10am in the morning. Don't do it. Your music tastes are more than likely not shared by other climbers, and noise has shut down several climbing areas. On top of that, most go outdoors for the serenity. Don't ruin it for others using the area. Use headphones if you really can’t survive.
If you are truly alone at a crag, with no chance of walkers or other climbers turning up then maybe low volume music could be OK. But really, why not just listen to birds and the bees?
Obviously if illegal, like most of The Blue Mountains then no. If you do have dogs at the crag, they need to be tied up so they don't steal other climbers food and crap randomly on walking tracks and eat wildlife. Does your dog affect other climbers in a negative way? Does it constantly bark? Does it intimidate people? Does it steal other climber's food? If it takes a shit are you disposing of it? If yes, then leave the pet at home. There are only a few dogs that probably are behaved well enough they don't cause hassle to other climbers.
Shitting, Lady Things & Hanky Panky
Bury. Your. Shit. Ideally, leave your dump in the throne room at Anonymous in Blackheath or elsewhere before you head to the crag. But if you have to go, you have to go. At least 50m from water and well away from cliffs or tracks. Again please bury your shit (including toilet paper) in a hole at least 20cm deep. It is not acceptable to just put a rock on it and walk away. Loose loo paper and shit disguised as cairns are disgusting and stepping in someone else's shit isn't on anyone's tick list. Never go to the toilet in a cave or overhang as decomposition cannot happen without rain water.
Ladies: Anytime we need to pee we use loo paper. Instead of dotting it around the place, bury it. Or take one from a male's repertoire: shake it out.
Climbing at 'that time of the month' can relieve a lot of the pain associated with being a woman. But seriously, it's gross to walk upon another female's used tampon or sanitary pad. Take it out with you. Wrap it up in some loo paper and put in it a zip-lock bag to carry it out.
Hanky Panky: If you really decide to get jiggy at a crag, take your used condoms and condom wrappers with you. No one wants to find them or know what you've been up to.