Mountain climbing school

all events
+54 9341 5326347 (whatsapp)
+44 7727 445099 (whatsapp)


Rockclimbing safety Spain

Rockclimbing safety in Spain and Mallorca

Read in Telegram

Our set of Mallorca climbing programs here

The main factor that makes extreme sports not just possible, but comfortable and safe is the availability of social infrastructure and effective rescue and accident prevention services. This is exactly the factor that is critically lacking in many countries and regions that potentially have opportunities for mountaineering, rockclimbing, ice climbing, etc., but, at the same time, remain outside the civilized world in the field of extreme sports.

Safety of rockclimbing in Mallorca

Any form of active leisure or extreme sports is subject to many additional risks, it is difficult to deny. And the task of the accompanying infrastructure is not just to make money on tourist traffic, but to make sure that any form of recreation becomes as safe as possible. How it works - I have seen in many countries of the world...

Unfortunately, I also saw how it doesn't work in some places...

Speaking specifically about Spain, it is safe to say that the popularity of rockclimbing and mountaineering in this country has a very close relationship with the high level of development of related structures that ensure safety: rescue services, medicine, personnel certification system - guides, instructors. In this regard, Spain, having neither oil or gas resources, nor any gratuitous sources of income at all, has created a system in which one can engage in almost any kind of sports and active leisure without fear for his life and safety.

Safety of rockclimbing in Mallorca

Let me tell you about an incident that happened in our group while climbing in Mallorca some years ago. Fortunately, everything went off with a slight fright, but at the beginning there was a panic. This was the first accident in my group in almost ten years of my work in Mallorca in the field of rockclimbing. The causes of the accident are banal - excessive self-confidence and initiative. Contrary to the instructions of the guide to use an organized top belay, one of the participants went to the route leading, not possessing the appropriate skills, got confused with the chain hoist, fell down from a rock into a bush and damaged the outer shell of his body.

It was not possible to determine the severity of the damage at first glance - it could be anything. The only solution in this situation was to call the rescue service.

I will clarify. The incident occurred in a sector located about 500 meters from the outskirts of a small settlement, in which there was not even a police station.

Safety of rockclimbing in Mallorca

However, 17 minutes after the call, a police squad arrived at the place. After 25 minutes, paramedics came running with a stretcher. And after 40 minutes, on a narrow rocky “balcony” between the sea and the foot of the cliff, a helicopter landed. The victim was packed into a special stroller, and the helicopter flew away towards Palma. The victim received medical care in a hospital less than an hour after calling the rescue service. No failures nor inconsistencies in the assistance - everything was done at the best professional level - as if the guys are doing it every day. Perfect coordination of the work of the three emergency services. However, one can admire that only having the opposite experience. And for the Spaniards, in this situation there was nothing surprising - just professionals with good training do their job well - for this, the citizens of the country pay their taxes, and are not surprised when they receive a quality job in return.

In our accident, everything ended up with bruises and scratches, but the lesson was learned. Trouble can happen anywhere - but help may not come everywhere. Or come late. Or not come at all. That is why I am skeptical about the idea of running special programs in the areas where obtaining assistance in an emergency may be difficult or impossible. Therefore, I do my iceclimbing courses in Norway, and not in Ossetia. Therefore I prefer to do rockclimbing in Spain or Germany. Or in Greece at worst.

Safety of rockclimbing in Mallorca

I will add this at the end. Emergency rescue job in Spain is carried out at the expense of the state. That is, no invoice was issued to the insurance company for the helicopter rescue. The medical services in the hospital - x-rays, examinations, treatment of abrasions and scratches dad the price and were paid by insurance. Well, is it worth mentioning that no questions about the availability of insurance or payment for anything arose before the person received all the necessary medical treatment.

Author of the text and photos - Alex Trubachev

Our Principles

AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

AlexClimb Rule #2 - Leave No Trace

Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

AlexClimb Rule #3 - Sober Concious

The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.