The ClimbSmart!® program is a national public awareness campaign addressing the elements of risk in climbing sports, climbers’ safety, and personal responsibility. It was created by ORCA in 1993 and first appeared in print in Climbing magazine and Rock & Ice magazine in July and August of that year. Today, the CWA owns and maintains the ClimbSmart!® program and is working to expand the program to include a full line of stickers, posters, brochures, and other educational resources.
The ClimbSmart!® program is based on a Universal Warning which includes four simple points for climbers to remember. Materials including these four points are currently distributed to retailers, climbing gyms, outdoor education programs, and individuals in the form of posters, videos and brochures.
Climb for a Lifetime, ClimbSmart!®
Professional climbers Chris Sharma, Sasha DiGiulian, Paul Robinson, and Jason Kehl discuss why they climb, the associated risks, and climber responsibility. This video is ideal as a complement to facility orientations, social media, websites, or looped viewing in facilities.
Four Point Universal Warning
Climbing is Dangerous
Qualified Instruction Is Required
Use Equipment According to the Manufacturer’s Instructions
Your Safety is Your Responsibility
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The ClimbSmart!® program has grown into an educational forum for climbing sports. Dedicated individuals have volunteered time and resources to organize local events. Manufacturers, retailers, gyms, and nonprofit organizations such as the American Alpine Club, the Access Fund, and USA Climbing have sponsored or played an active role in these events. The events have included new product demonstrations, clinics on gear and systems, slide shows, and other educational seminars.
The ClimbSmart!® program is a public information program of the Climbing Wall Association, Inc. (CWA). The ClimbSmart!® program information does not describe all of the risks associated with climbing. For more information about the CWA, our programs, services, or publications, please contact the CWA office.