The information on Wanderstories is free information and advice only, and while all care is taken to ensure its accuracy, please consider your own skills and circumstances before embarking on adventures. Take ownership of your safety, appreciate the inherent risks in the outdoors, and get future advice if appropriate. Above all, be safe, be happy, and have fun!
This site contents information that involves technical and high-risk roped activities and skills that evolve over time with advances in knowledge and technology as well as various levels of risk, this website is only intended to provide helpful tips and inspiration and is not a 'how to' guide. Best practices and information on this site can be outdated (sometimes rather quickly). Cartography, maps, topos, and any form of directions are for illustration-purposes only and should not be used for navigation. Maps, cartography, KML/GPX or any type of GPS-data files, and directions used on this website can be incorrect, dangerous, or just plain wrong. Be sure to do your own research, educational/instructional courses, and training before embarking on any outdoor experience.
Be sure to know the hazard and have the appropriate permission and know the legalities and what is illegal, especially when it comes to some types of urban exploring. Drains, tunnels, and mines can collapse, flash flood, and/or have bad air. Some places, like abandoned building, may expose you to harmful chemicals, asbestos dust, discarded syringes, rusty and sharp objects, slipping, falling, and unstable nature of old man-made structures. The activity presents various risks, including both physical danger and, if done illegally and/or without permission, the possibility of arrest and punishment. Some of these areas are closed to the public and are made illegal for safety reasons. Request verbal/written permission associated with the planned activities. Be sure to do things correctly and the right way, where that means having a permission, permit, insurance, etc. Wanderstories and the authors do not encourage activities that are illegal or potentially harmful.
Roped activities are high-risk and are dangerous. Mistakes can be fatal. The information on this website is based on the authors own opinions, experiences, and research. The information is not formal instruction or a guide, nor is it any substitute for formal instruction or qualified guiding. You certainly should not trust your life to anything that you read on this website or any other website for that matter. Often times in roped, whitewater, and other high-risk activities, other people's lives are in your hands. People who rely on you could die or be seriously injured/maimed for life. Do your own research and testing, get formal instructions and qualifications, and read the appropriate literature before planning and embarking on your adventure.
While we don't want to turn you off these thrilling (yet challenging) outdoor experiences, we can not stress enough the need for safety and best practices. People die all the time on backcountry trips, and most accidents are the result of human error or lack of knowledge. Make sure you and your entire team know what you are doing and the risks involved before you go outdoors. Access the ever changing environment around as conditions continuously fluctuate which can easily been seen in water levels for activities such as whitewater paddling and canyoning.
The track notes on this website are for use by appropriately qualified and experienced people and you should only be taken like a grain of salt (not trust your life to it). Watercourses are ever changing, the wet season comes every year, washing rocks, logs, and trees downstream. Many belay points and anchors are off chockstones, logs, and/or trees, bolts, and track notes can become outdated and incorrect suddenly. Access / safety lines, webbing, and bolts can be easily damaged and may have been removed by other parties. Trees fall over and hazards underwater change. Pools fill up with sand, and shallow sections deepen. Use common sense, access the situation, and avoid dangerous and deadly scenarios. Consider your duty of care for self, others, and the environment.
These articles, information, and track notes are, at best, an indication of the route, creek, river, canyon, and/or climb at the time they were written or updated. Hiking tracks and roads can become overgrown or washed away. Information can rapidly become outdated and are no substitute for appropriate experience. Parties that venture into there remote areas need to be self-sufficient and prepared for ever changing conditions. Please ensure you know you remote wilderness first aid and have the appropriate gear and training.