Environment & Access

The MRCC is actively engaged in improving access through the maintenance of footpaths, clearing away brambles and other obstructions, installation of access ladders and steps where needed, cleanups of valleys and crags and lobbying the authorities to support these efforts with signage and fencing to discourage further vandalism and dumping.

Improvement and maintenance of access to crags, clearing pathways and general cleanliness of the natural environment of popular crags is an issue which the MRCC regards as being of high priority and to which it dedicates substantial efforts. There is nothing worse than heading out to our favourite climbing areas for some recreation and finding the place littered with other people’s rubbish, trees broken and burnt and rubble walls damaged and dropped. It is important that every climber makes a personal commitment to respect and improve the environment which provides us with such a rich experience. To do this, everyone should keep to established footpaths, avoid fires at all costs, and take all their own rubbish out with them…and possible carry out a little more too, on a regular basis.

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE re access to Argentier – please advise all climbers!

    IMPORTANT NOTICE re access to Argentier – please advise all climbers!

    The MRCC has today received a call from the owners of the land at Argentier, including the crags where all the climbing is situated. They have politely asked that all climbing activities should be stopped there immediately, without exception and at all times. We have always known that Argentier is private land and that we […]

  • Path to Wied Babu crags cleared of fallen logs

    Path to Wied Babu crags cleared of fallen logs

    During one of the recent MRCC climbing sessions, Andrew Warrington and Roland Sultana got down and dirty again to clear the access path to the climbing area in Wied Babu. With the help of new-comer Harald ‘Scissor-hands’ and a useful little chainsaw he brought with him, they cut away the fallen logs from the access […]

  • Xaqqa Valley’s much needed clean-up

    Xaqqa Valley’s much needed clean-up

    7 long years have passed since the last MRCC Xaqqa Valley Clean-Up in 2004 and Xaqqa was once again crying out to be cleaned up. A group of volunteers gathered in Xaqqa last Saturday, all equipped for the task ahead, and it took them all morning to clear the valley of the curious variety of […]

  • Ix-Xaqqa access ladder

    Ix-Xaqqa access ladder

    The MRCC is currently working on making access to a number of crags safer and easier. At Xaqqa valley, the lower part of the descent to the sea was tricky at the best of times. When the sea is coming in on the prevailing Majjistral, the rock becomes treacherous, splattered with salt and rime. The […]

  • Wied Babu staircase installed

    Wied Babu staircase installed

    After completion of the Wied Babu Belvedere Project, access to Wied Babu from opposite the traditional parking area became difficult. The MRCC installed access steps directly opposite the parking area for the benefit of both trekkers and climbers visiting Malta’s premier klettergarten. This entailed the design and installation of custom made metal stairs in such […]

  • Wied Babu and Xaqqa Valley cleanup in a day!

    Wied Babu and Xaqqa Valley cleanup in a day!

    The idea for this particular cleanup came from Richard Abela on the occasion of Clean Up the World Day 2004. Richie together with the members of the MRCC, the Cospicua Venture Scout Unit and the cooperation of the Zurrieq local council, started the day rigging up a rope and pulley system in Wied Babu with […]

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