Last week we saw some special collaboration within the South African climbing world. The South African National Climbing Federation (SANCF), in collaboration with climbing facilities and provincial federations across the country, tabled a proposal to government, requesting that climbing centres be allowed to re-open under specific restrictions that will help mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19, while allowing climbers to exercise and continue to train.
While the government will ultimately weigh in and make final decisions, we believe this was a true coming together of climbing like we have never seen it before. CityROCK Johannesburg, CityROCK Cape Town, C4 Climbing Conditioning, Bloc 11, Valley Crag Indoor Climbing Center, Rock Valley Climbing, Southern Rock Climbing Centre, Eastern Cape Climbing, the KZN Climbing federation, Mpumalanga Climbing, Western Cape Climbing, The Alphas Climbing Team, ClimbZA Rock Climbing South Africa, Gauteng Climbing, and the Climbing Barn met via online video call to discuss and approve the proposal.
We hope that this proposal will see indoor climbing facilities being opened, allowing us to climb, allowing our athletes to train and our facility co-ordinators to make a living, but also within the constraints of keeping all members safe. Our industry is, after all, about risk management, and we believe we will make some important efforts in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, while allowing members of our facilities to climb.
We are holding thumbs, albeit thumbs covered in hand sanitiser, and we ask the climbing world to continue to stand together, so we can move in the right direction amid this pandemic and in the future #bettertogether
Finally, we ask that if anyone has far reaching contacts and could be of assistance, they contact the SANCF mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org