The Climbing Code


  • Leave the trip itinerary with a responsible person.
  • Carry the necessary clothing, food, and equipment.
  • A climbing party of three is the minimum, unless adequate prearranged support is available. On glaciers, a minimum of two rope teams is recommended.
  • Rope up on all exposed places and for all glacier travel. Anchor all belays.
    Keep the party together, and obey the leader or majority rule.
    Never climb beyond your ability and knowledge.
  • Never let judgment be overruled by desire when choosing the route or deciding whether to turn back.
  • Follow the precepts of sound mountaineering as set forth in books of recognized merit.
  • Behave at all times in a manner that reflects favorably upon mountaineering, including adherence to Leave No Trace principles.

Mountaineering: the freedom of the hills / edited by Ronald C. Eng and Julie Van Pelt.—8th ed.
p. cm.

ISBN 978-1-59485-137-7 (hardcover)—ISBN 978-1-59485-138-4 (trade paper)—ISBN 978-1-59485-408-8 (e-book)
1. Mountaineering. 2. Rock climbing. 3. Snow and ice climbing. I. Eng, Ronald C. II. Van Pelt, Julie.
GV200.M688 2010

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