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Climbing Manners

By Forest Ang

......Code of behaviours practised by mountaineers.........

Greetings - On meeting another climbing party or local inhabitant, a greeting is recommended. You may get some very useful information if you break the ice by greeting them first.

Be responsible - to yourself and your party. If you get yourself in trouble, get yourself out of it. Do not rely on a rescue team to come to your aid. Be sure someone has detailed knowledge of your plans. Practice what to do in various types of emergencies, including injury to a party member.

Low Profile - respect other hikers and visitors. Other users have the same right to undisturbed enjoyment of the forest as you do.

Walking manners - maintain a discreet distance from other parties in front or in the rear. Walk at a steady pace. Rushing up hillsides is inadvisable and showing off has its own consequences. All members should adjust to the pace of the slowest members of the party. It is always better to walk with a companion for safety against sudden sickness or accidents.

Passing Information - any important information like landslide, flooding etc should be passed on to another party or local villagers.

Rowdy behaviour - unnecessary behaviour might distract someone else. Shouts, whistling, flashing of torchlight or waving of handkerchiefs should be avoided as these could be mistaken for distress signals.

Campsite manner - do not scatter your equipment indiscriminately. If you are the first to leave camp, avoid making noise and disturbing others.

Help - It is the tradition of all to readily offer help in the event of an accident. It is also important that before leaving camp you tell your companions your destination, route out, route back and expected time of your return.

Passing through - Always let hikers from higher elevation to come down first. You should let hikers who have the momentum to pass by you if you are asending. Some treks are too narrow and hikers might fall down the ravine if you don't give way.

Take care!
  

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