Corona

 

Ibex activities cancelled

During the period of 15 March until 28 June 2020, all Ibex activities for which members would come together physically have been cancelled. Therefore, the weekends and the OV course that were planned in that period, unfortunately didn't take place. The Ingi training did continue on Zoom and the Akcie has organised a number of activities (game nights and an alpine cafe), also on Zoom. On the 29th of June and the 1st of July, Ibexers can come and pick up their ordered Ibex T-shirts. Apart from that, no activities will be organised for the time being. Soon, we will have a look at possibly finishing the IV course which, alas, had to be discontinued in March. We know that the AID in August will continue and Ibex will obviously be present.


Sports Centre the Bongerd (SCB)

In July, the Bongerd will reopen, but we still need to abide by the special rules which apply for now. The climbing wall will be in use for the first time and that means that the reservation system of the Bongerd is not quite ready. Therefore, the Bongerd has decided to only allow Ibex members into the climbing gym during the first weeks and leave the reservation to us. We want to ask you to read the information below carefully before you sign up to go climbing. We find it very important that all climbers act responsibly and follow the rules.

Access to the climbing gym

To regulate the number of people in the Bongerd, everyone has to make a reservation to use the climbing wall. Climbers need to check in at the desk of the sports centre upon arrival. People who haven't made a reservation, will not be given access to the climbing gym, not even to have a look. The climbing wall can only be used by people who have at least an IT certificate. You also need to have SCB sports rights ór Ibex kader rights to go to the climbing gym. For now, only Ibex members can use the climbing wall.

Reservation climbing gym

People who haven't made a reservation, will not be given access to the climbing gym, not even to have a look. Climbers need to make a reservation as a duo and at most 4 people are allowed in the climbing gym. The sports centre is open during the summer period on Mo-Fr from 12:00-22:00 and Saturday from 8:30-12:00 o'clock. Within these opening hours, duos can make a reservation for a time slot (of 2 hours on Mo-Fr, and of 1.45 hours on Saturday). 

day slot 1 slot 2 slot 3 slot 4 slot 5
Mo - Fr 12:00 - 14:00 14:00 - 16:00 16:00 - 18:00 18:00 - 20:00 20:00 - 22:00
Sa 8:30 - 10:15 10:15 - 12:00      

Make sure you have read the current rules before making a reservation (see below). You can make a reservation using this link (you need to be logged in for this).

Use of the climbing gym

In the climbing gym, you need to follow the 

Read this information before you go climbing in the Bongerd. The other documents and links are additional information. You are allowed to read that, of course, but it isn't required when you want to go climbing. If the Corona measures are in conflict with the rules of the climbing gym, the Corona measures take precedence.

 

Corona measures climbing sport

The Branchevereniging KlimSport (BKS) has drawn up the Protocol Verantwoord Klimmen for the climbing sport starting 1 July. The Protocol Verantwoord Klimmen is a climbing specific addition to the general Protocol Verantwoord Sporten by NOC*NSF, but both protocols are not only addressed to climbers. They also contain a lot of information for sports facilities and other involved parties, and they are only available in Dutch. We have therefore listed below the most important points for you. Read these rules before you go climbing in the Bongerd.

Measures for climbers

  1. Access only with reservation, so make a reservation in advance. Be on time, because we cannot let you in earlier or later. You are not allowed to stay longer than the reserved time; watch the time yourself. That way, we make sure everyone gets the chance to climb or boulder.
  2. Stay home if you have symptoms related to the virus. Stay home if you have one of the following symptoms: common cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, light cough or fever.
  3. Stay home if someone in your household has a fever and/or stuffiness. Keep it safe for everyone, that way you don't accidentally make someone else ill. 
  4. Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other climbers and staff members of the climbing or boulder gym and follow the advice from staff members. If you don't comply with the rules, you can be denied access.
  5. Get changed at home. The changing rooms and showers are closed. The doors to the toilets are open. You can wash your hands there. 
  6. Bring your own (liquid) magnesium with you. Potential transmission of virus particles via the holds is minimal on dry material, so make sure you have dry hands.
  7. Bring your own material. Only use your own climbing gear, such as climbing shoes, magnesium and harness. 
  8. Toilet groups can be used by one person at a time. This ensures everyone keeps a safe distance. Don't wear climbing shoes to the toilet to keep your shoes and the holds clean. 
  9. Leave valuable possessions at home. That way, we prevent the transfer of items for safekeeping. 
  10. Avoid physical contact with other people. Don't shake hands, give a box or hug before or after climbing. Don't touch your face while climbing: wash your hands first.
  11. Try to make reservations at the same time of the week as much as possible. That way we limit the number of people everyone encounters and we reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
  12. Follow the general advice of the health authorities with regard to the minimising of the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Partner check

The NKBV temporarily uses an adapted partner check in which you no longer grab each other's harness, knot, safebiner and belaying device, but check each other visually while you grab only your own harness, knot, safebiner and belaying device. The steps are translated below and shown in this picture by the NKBV.

Partner check Toprope climbing

  1. The climber checks with hands and eyes if they are wearing their harness correctly and if it is tight enough. The belayer watches, checks and agrees;
  2. The climber takes the binding-in knot (or carabiner) and checks with hands and eyes whether it is attached at the right loop of the harness. The belayer watches, checks and agrees;
  3. The belayer checks with hands and eyes if they are wearing the harness correctly and if it is tight enough. The climber watches, checks and agrees;
  4. The belayer checks with hands and eyes if the belaying device and the carabiner are attached at the right loop of the harness. The climber watches, checks and agrees; 
  5. Check the working of the belaying device together;
  6. Check if you are both on the same rope, if the course of the rope is neat (not twisted or behind holds) and if there is a knot at the end of the rope;
  7. All okay? You're ready to climb!

Partnercheck Lead climbing

  1. The climber checks with hands and eyes if they are wearing their harness correctly and if it is tight enough. The belayer watches, checks and agrees;
  2. The climber takes the binding-in knot (or carabiner) and checks with hands and eyes whether it is attached at the right loop of the harness. The belayer watches, checks and agrees;
  3. The belayer checks with hands and eyes if they are wearing the harness correctly and if it is tight enough. The climber watches, checks and agrees;
  4. The belayer checks with hands and eyes if the belaying device and the carabiner are attached at the right loop of the harness. The climber watches, checks and agrees; 
  5. Check the working of the belaying device together;
  6. Check if the rope is lying neatly (not twisted, all tied up), if it is long enough and if there is a knot at the end of the rope;
  7. All okay? You're ready to climb!

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