This page was last updated on 12th Sept 2020, by Steve Clark (webmaster@fyldemc.org). If you spot any errors, please let me know.

Indoor Climbing

We currently have a problem that our usual indoor meet venue, Westview Leisure Centre in Preston, appears to have closed permanently. It is likely that regular meets will resume at a combination of Blackpool Sport Centre & Boulder UK, Walton Summit, Preston. We will also run some ‘away’ meets at Kendal or Awesome walls if restrictions permit this

Members use of Club Huts

Guidance issued on 6th August 2020, with update on 12th Sept 2020

The work Chlorinating the huts’ water systems has now been done and we can now take bookings subject to the
following conditions.

  • The government guidelines (issued in August) mean that we can only accommodate groups from no more than two households (that could be two people or even one). Due to this limitation the committee have decided that for the present each hut would have to be booked out in its entirety.
  • Following the changes on 14th September, we can only accept a maximum of 6 people in total from 2 households. (Government guidance indicates we could have more than 2 households present, but they would need to stay 2m apart or 1m with face-coverings. We have decided to simply this to two households)
  • Because we will not have a deep cleaning regime in place the hut will have to be vacant for 72 hours between bookings. All bookings have to be made with the booking secretary and no day visits can be allowed.
  • The normal hut code has been disabled and individual codes will be allocated for bookings.
  • If you wish to take up a hut booking on this basis the rate will be £25 per night regardless of the number of guests. This reflects the situation that other members will be blocked out. Because many of the outside bookings are mixed groups they have been forced to cancel so several weekends are available for both huts.
  • We will ensure that there is 72 hours between bookings as this is the scientific advice on how long the virus survives. We will be relying on previous occupants to leave the hut clean and you will have to take with you suitable cleaning materials to satisfy yourselves that everything is safe and leave the hut clean and tidy as usual. You will be asked confirm receipt and acceptance of both their duties and the residual risk.
  • You will need to provide contact details for both households and will need to inform us if anyone becomes ill within two weeks of their stay.
  • Please check the hut availability calendar, allowing for the 72hrs clear prior to your booking
  • Bookings are to be made with our Booking Secretary, Jen Chambers by email, text or Whatsapp. fmc.bookings@outlook.com or 07875 009116 text/WhatsApp
  • We will keep the situation under review and update our policy when government guidance changes.

Climbing and Walking Meets (single day events)

Guidance updated on 12th Sept 2020

We are continuing to organise some limited climbing and walking meets subject to the BMC guidance notes for club meets :

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/covid19-restarting-club-meets

http://www.thebmc.co.uk/Download.aspx?id=1913

Each meet should have a risk assessment completed by the meet leader in accordance with the guidance above, template here :

http://www.thebmc.co.uk/Download.aspx?id=1912

For local climbing meets, these are the general principles :

  • All general government guidance applies (particularly for those in areas with enhanced restrictions e.g. those living in Pendle / Preston)
  • No more than 30(!) people are to attend the meet
  • We should limit ourselves to single pitch climbing to avoid small stances
  • Each participant should bring their own hand sanitiser and use it
  • Please bring sufficient kit of your own to avoid any sharing on the day (e.g. water bottles, helmets)
  • If you are shielding, live with someone shielding, have any symptoms or live with anyone with symptoms – you should not attend
  • Follow current government guidance on car sharing (i.e. avoid if possible, clean car before & after, open windows and wear a face covering)
  • Please bring personal first aid kits, supplemented with gloves & safety glasses if possible
  • Specific requirements apply to meets in Wales and these may be best avoided

On the meet, there will be a briefing, which will cover the following :

  • Remind people to stand 2m apart whenever possible
  • Anyone with symptoms – go home
  • Leave contact details with meet leader (___________). These will be kept for 21 days and may be needed by NHS track and trace
  • Keep within sensible limits and don’t take any unnecessary risks. This reduces the chance of requiring mountain rescue or others to attend
  • Avoid touching gates & stiles where possible
  • Try to use personal gear only where possible (e.g. own lead rack or map/compass)

At the end of the meet, participants are reminded :

  • if they subsequently develop any COIVD symptoms, they should follow usual guidance, call 111, organise a test and cooperate with NHS Track & Trace if necessary
  • Record of meet participants may be passed to the NHS if appropriate. This record will be destroyed after 21 days.